BATESVILLE — The City of Batesville Parks and Recreation Department has announced the winners of its recent Inaugural Indoor Triathlon hosted at the Batesville Community Center.

The triathlon consisted of a 200-yard swim, 6-mile bike, and 1 and ½ mile running portion. Close to 40 participants were apart of the inaugural event as well as another 80 volunteers and spectators.

Batesville welcomed triathletes from as far as Little Rock to the event while more than 15 participants would call it their very first triathlon.  

Awards were given to the top two male and female participants in each of the following age groups 14 and up, 15-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-plus.

The top three male and top three female overall winners are listed below.

Overall Female 1st 31 Kate Gunter 35:42:00
Overall Female 2nd 4 Brandie Cannady 37:20:00
Overall Female 3rd 34 Melody Fitterling 39:00:00
Overall Male 1st 35 Tony Hammack 31:30:00
Overall Male 2nd 38 Stephen Gadberry 31:38:00
Overall Male 3rd 21 Nathan Hernandez 34:25:00


Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Lacy, 34, spent most of her life in the hills of Lawrence County. Today, she lives in Cave City, the home of “World’s Sweetest Watermelons,” in what’s known as the Prince Matlock house. Its former owner helped create what’s known as the Cave Courts where the city’s cave lies above the Crystal River. He fashioned his home out of the same rocks and materials that are found among the cave’s property, and she feels blessed to now be its caretaker for many more years to come.