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Donner Lake Triathlon set

Sierra Sun staff

Dust off your running shoes and tune up your bike – the Donner Lake Multi-Event Challenge is set for Sunday.

The Multi-Event Challenge includes events for all ages and abilities. The 18th annual International Distance Donner Lake Triathlon includes a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run; participants can enter this event as individuals or part of a relay team.

Now in its 18th year, and considered by many to be among the most difficult triathlons in the nation, it is considered the featured race of the event.

Perhaps most challenging is the bike course, which travels up Old Highway 40 to Kingvale and back.

For the swim, wetsuits are allowed and recommended.

The Donner Lake sprint triathlon (.250-mile swim, 6-mile bike and 2-mile run) features all the scenic features of the international distance triathlon, but the shorter distances make this more accessible to a larger number of competitors.

This race is perfect for the newcomer to the sport and may serve as an excellent event to transition athletes to longer distances of triathlon.

Runners and walkers can participate in either the 10K run/walk (6.2 miles) or 2x5K relay (3.1 miles each).

Both run courses are certified loops around Donner Lake.

In the 10K, the course runs clockwise around the lake and is 97 percent paved. The course has four water stations.

The 2x5K relay offers each team member the chance to complete 5K. Shuttle service is provided to and from the halfway point of the course.

It also runs clockwise around Donner Lake.

New this year

New for 1999 are changes in the transition areas.

“With participants and residents in mind, we have altered the transition area, run finish and direction of the run flow for the event,” said Jeannine Henderson of Change of Pace, the triathlon’s marketing company. “The new run direction is safer and more appealing for all involved.”

Spectators can catch good views of the race from West End Beach. Here, they will see triathletes as they switch from swim to bike to run in the transition area. This is also the site of the finish line.

Spectators looking to watch the race along the course are encouraged to become volunteers.

There are many positions available, including staffing water stations, assisting with finish line timing and course monitoring. Volunteers are also provided with a complimentary event T-shirt, free entry to the West End Beach and a post-race lunch.

To volunteer, call (530) 757-2012, Ext. 12.

With the race so close, there are only two ways left to enter -either on the pre-race expo at Donner Lake Saturday or before the race Sunday morning.

The pre-race expo is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and registration begins 6 a.m. Sunday.

Registered participants receive an official event T-shirt, race bag and post-race luncheon compliments of Chevy’s Fresh Mex.

After the event, participants are invited to cool off in the Bud Light Beer Garden and enjoy a free massage.

Additional post-race activities include a booth expo, music and lunch. The afternoon will conclude with an awards ceremony and raffle.


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