A Hattiesburg resident began his journey to become an Iron Man nearly 15 years ago.
As someone who grew up swimming, Ben Hughes first realized he wanted to try his hand at triathlons while as a lifeguard in college when he helped work some of the competitions.
“I just thought it looked like fun and decided to give it a try,” he said.
Hughes said to get started he talked to people who were already competing to get advice. He learned about how to train and what goes into preparing for races this way.