The sea of swimmers looks like mullet swimming all over each other. The start of the triathlon is hard to guard, as waves of over 100 swimmers start every five minutes.

Beach Patrol lifeguards, police, sheriff’s deputies, along with other groups in kayaks, Jet Skis, and boats watch over the masses, trying to pick out the ones that are tired, get cramps, panic or have sudden medical issues during the swim.

Peter Davis is chief of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol. The views in this column are Davis’ and do not necessarily represent those of the Beach Patrol, Galveston Park Board of Trustees or any other entity.

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Bonnie Farmer

Where willl the bike route be, for what period of time, please?

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