Athletes compete in Westbrook triathlon absent of Wessie sighting

Athletes compete in triathlon in Westbrook

WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Hundreds showed up to Riverbank Park in Westbrook Saturday to spectate and compete in Major League Triathlon's last stop of its inaugural season.

Triathletes came from all over the U.S., and most had heard of the legend of Wessie — even three-time World Championship medalist and 2016 Olympian Sarah True, though she wasn't fazed.

"I'm not worried," True said. "They have sharks, they have jellyfish, they have all sorts of mean, nasty critters [in other places I've competed]. Let's be honest — Maine's not that bad. That snake is chilling right now."

First responders kept a watchful eye on the athletes, just in case.

"We're unable to confirm the if the snake actually exists," said one Westbrook PD officer. "If one does exist, it's going to be more scared of us than us of them.

True, a global competitor who calls Hanover, N.H., home, was glad to participate in a local race.

"I think it's really great to have an event in New England," she said. "I'm happy to support it."

Her husband, Ben, is also familiar with the area — he grew up in North Yarmouth.

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