Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 6, 2014

Athens Triathlon this weekend

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Triathlon returns for the 29th time on Saturday with hundreds of contestants competing in the three legs of the annual challenge.

The registration deadline has been extended to Friday. The fee for individuals is $80 and $160 for teams. Contestants will get a distinctive Tek T T-shirt. Online registration is available at www.active.com.  The events starts at 9 a.m., Saturday.

The triathlon has three parts, and the contestant with the lowest combined time is the overall winner.   The first event is a 300-meter swimming competition that will be held at the Cain Center’s 25-meter indoor pool.

The bike race is 14 miles from State Highway 19 south to Loop 7, and then from Loop 7 to State Highway 31 west, then back to the Cain Center.

The event wraps with a 5K (3.1 mile) run that flows out onto Robbins Road and then back to the entry to the Cain Center. The streets will be blocked off by the police for the safety of the participants.

Past contestants have come from around the state of Texas and from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and from as far away as Minnesota. Lance Armstrong set the course record in 1988 by finishing in 49:16.

The 2013 edition of the Triathlon was won by Scott Kimbrell of Colorado Springs, Colo. He edged out Clay Emgre to become the top overall finisher. Prizes are given for the first-overall male and female and in the various age groups.

There is no charge for spectators who want to watch one or more of the events.

Numerous sponsors have helped with the Triathlon this year, including Southside Bank, Kevin Lilly’s McDonald’s. ETMC Athens, Cole Air Conditioning and Appliance, Texas Ragtime, Crestway Park Dental, Prosperity Bank, A+ Plumbing, City of Athens, Super 8 Athens, Steve Grant Real Estate, LLC, No Limits Timing, Athens Bicycle Shop, LeBeau and Associates, Inc., Brookshire's Food Store, First State Bank, Weinstein Law Firm, Mark A. Roberts, DDS and Syler Veterinarian Clinic.