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City Triathlon set for Aug. 27
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Local resident David Harris heads down the home stretch to the finish line during a previous McMinnville City Triathlon. This year’s event is set for Aug. 27.

Fitness enthusiasts are encouraged to show their skill in water, on bike, and on foot.

McMinnville City Triathlon will take place later this month on Saturday, Aug. 27 with an 8 a.m. start time. Online registration is under way at

The triathlon is a sprint-style race that will have participants swim, cycle, and run through beautiful Warren County. The event begins with a 400-meter swim at Gilley Pool in 50-meter lap lanes.

Once out of the pool, the race will take you into the countryside on an 18-mile bike ride that travels rolling hills to McMinnville Country Club and back to Milner Recreation Center.

Once back in the Rec Center area, competitors will finish with a 5K run to the finish.

“We always get a lot of great compliments about our pool and we do have a beautiful pool,” said Freddy Hoover, a longtime member of the Triathlon Committee which organizes the event. “They also really seem to enjoy the bike ride.”

The 5K run has been retooled to keep participants away from areas with heavy vehicle traffic. It travels up and down Post Road and has some challenging hills.

“A lot of people say the run is too hard and it does have a lot of hills,” said Hoover, a legendary local runner who has competed in 12 straight Boston Marathons. “On the plus side, we do have BBQ and beer for them at the finish.” 

Complimentary food and beverages are provided after the race. Local athletes are urged to participate as Hoover estimates about 75% of the competitors are from out of town.