"We worked through a circle of people we knew and this year we really got a committee together," Hewitt said. "We got some great sponsors and people who are wonderful to work with."
Proceeds from the race registration fees will benefit Family Counseling Connections.
The course is easy as triathlons go: 4.2 flat miles on Kanawha Boulevard from Magic Island past the Capitol to Daniel Boone Park, where the paddle portion of the race begins, following a course along the Kanawha River back to Magic Island. There, participants head up to their bicycles, parked on the Boulevard, and make loops to Daniel Boone Park and back for 16.8 miles to finish the event.
Participants may register individually or as teams of two or three.
The 12-year-old son of committee member Amy Smith is registered on a team with two friends. They may be the youngest participants.
"From a demographic standpoint, the majority of our entries are over the age of 40 - we thought this might skew a little bit younger," Hewitt said.
"The first year, team entries far exceeded individual entries," Hewitt said. "It takes some familiarity to test the course and realize it's not that hard. This year, individual entries far exceed team entries."
Hewitt, a veteran of 18 Charleston Distance Run events and more than 20 marathons, said the Capital City Challenge is a different physical challenge.
"I tell people who are afraid of the Kanawha River to try it. People mis-gauge the depth of the river, which is about 12 feet in many places. I tell them if you're afraid of the water, stay close to the bank, where it is shallow."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.