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Triathlon returns to town Saturday
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It’s triathlon time in McMinnville, beginning at 8 a.m. this Saturday.
Registration is still taking place for anyone who would like to swim, bike and run in the event. For last-minute participants, sign-ups will take place the morning of the race from 6 to 7:30 a.m. at Gilley Pool before competition starts at 8 a.m. The cost is $75.
So far around 115 people have registered to compete, according to Freddie Hoover, one of the organizers.
“We’re hoping for a last-minute surge,” said Hoover. “We had 10 sign up Wednesday night and we think that will continue the last two days.”
The course will start with a 400-meter swim at Gilley Pool. From there, it will transition into an 18-mile bicycle race. Cyclists will leave the Civic Center area and travel toward WCHS via the bypass. Upon reaching the Country Club area, they will circle back around toward town on the bypass.
A 5K run follows the bike race with runners leaving the Civic Center, traveling past Hardee’s to the downtown area, then returning.
Hoover notes you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to participate, but you should be in moderate shape.
“The weather is looking favorable because it’s not expected to be too hot,” said Hoover.
The triathlon couldn’t take place without dozens of volunteers and Hoover estimates close to 100 people have signed up to help the day of the race. A majority of those will be stationed around the 18-mile bike course.
For more information, visit www.mcminnvillecitytriathlon.com. Spectators are encouraged to watch and motorists are asked to keep triathlon participants in mind if they are out Saturday morning.