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Relay teams can enter triathlon
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Triathlons feature swimming, biking and running, but not everybody can do all three. People who can do one or two and know a friend that excels in another field can still compete in the McMinnville City Triathlon.
Triathlon committee member Lisa Miller is wanting to get the word out that relay teams can be formed to enter the event in case a person isn’t able or willing to do all three events.
Miller hopes more people who are hesitant to compete in all three legs of the event can partner with one or two people and still take part in the event which is returning to McMinnville this August.
“We’re trying to encourage people who may not be able to do all things to build a team and enter,” said Miller. “Maybe a group of people who socially interact can turn this into a first time doing something new with the triathlon.”
Committee members are taking it one step further in hopes teams can be formed to participate in the event. Triathlon organizers have spoken with the local McMinnville Swim Team, which has agreed to get members of the squad to volunteer to do the swimming leg of the event for people who may wish to only bike and run.
The McMinnville City Triathlon is set for Saturday, Aug. 17 beginning at 8 a.m. and registration is already under way. People who wish to register as a team can do so by logging on and visiting www.mcminnvillecitytriathlon.com or active.com.
The cost is $55 but the committee is offering a discount for those who register as a team. 
Use the password “team” to receive the relay team discount when registering online. Registration is being capped at 400 participants and plenty of spots remain.
The triathlon will consist of a 400-meter swim at Gilley Pool, an 18-mile bike race that leaves the Civic Center and heads toward the Country Club, and a 3.1-mile run that leaves the Civic Center and goes downtown. For participants looking to train for the triathlon, USA Gym will be offering triathlon clinics leading up to the event. This will help competitors learn about shortcuts they can take in the transition areas to reduce their time.
The race will be timed by a company called A Matter of Timing. Competitors will know their times in all three events and the two transition periods. Race times will be posted the day of the race and prizes will be awarded to top finishers.
McMinnville City Triathlon will be a USAT-sanctioned event. People who compete in three USAT-sanctioned events get ranked. Triathlon committee members include Miller, Paige Northcutt, Bobby Kirby, Freddy Hoover, Mike Neiderhauser, Carlene Brown, Scott McCord, Michael Griffith, Jim Carden and Zach Sutton. Proceeds will benefit Petey’s Project.