Don’t be alarmed if hordes of runners and cyclists are on the streets this Saturday. Just shout encouragement to the participants in this year’s McMinnville City Triathlon.
As of Thursday afternoon, 119 people have registered to compete in this year’s event, which is set to begin at 8 a.m. at Gilley Pool. Participants will swim 400 meters, bike 18 miles and finish with a 5K run.
All the swimming will take place in Gilley Pool as competitors will navigate eight 50-meter laps. After finishing, individuals will head to the changing station set up behind McMinnville Civic Center and set out on their bicycles.
The bike course will lead out to West Main Street, cross Angel’s Bridge and weave its way to McMinnville Country Club. Drivers should be on the lookout for cyclists on Vervilla Road, Lakeland Drive and Manchester Highway during the early morning hours.
The 5K course will start from McMinnville Civic Center, venture toward downtown and back to the start for the final finish. Morford Street and Main Street should see an influx of runners starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until noon.
Last year, the event was won by world-renowned triathlon athlete Bruce Gennari. He completed the event in one hour, two minutes and 41 seconds. Gennari will be back this year in hopes of defending his title.
Gennari will compete against a packed field with ages varying from 12 to 71. The average age of competitors this year is 38.
Registration is still open and will continue until Saturday morning. Registration will begin at 5:30 a.m. Saturday and conclude at 7:30 a.m.