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Donner Lake Triathlon set for Sunday

Staff reports
Sun File PhotoTriathletes emerge from the water at West End Beach during a past Donner Lake Triathlon. The 26th annual event will be held on Sunday.
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Roughly 1,000 triathletes are expected to splash into the chilly water at West End Beach on Sunday for the 26th annual Donner Lake Triathlon.

“We usually get around 300 to 400 for the sprint [triathlon] and about 1,000 total,” said Dave Miramontes of A Change of Pace, the event production company that puts on the race.

One of the oldest events of its kind in the country, the Donner Lake Triathlon will for the second year feature the sprint and international triathlons on the same morning, with the sprint starting at 7 a.m. and the longer international-length race beginning at 7:30 a.m. Age groups start in waves spaced five minutes apart.

Both courses will remain identical to the ones used last year, Miramontes said.

For sprinters, that means a quarter-mile swim, a six-mile bike ride up Old Highway 40 and back and a two-mile run to the finish, which is set up in a spectator-friendly location on West End Beach near the Summit Creek inlet.

The international triathlon starts with a 0.9-mile swim and is followed by a 24.8-mile bike ride up Old Highway 40, past Interstate 80 and west toward Kingvale. Upon returning to the transition area at West End Beach, athletes ditch their bikes and run east, keeping the lake on their right for a 6.5-mile run around Donner Lake.

Awards will be presented to the top three overall male and female finishes as well as the top three finishers in different age divisions. Other awarded categories will include Clydesdale/Athena and Relay teams.