Racers to take on Donner Lake Triathlon | SierraSun.com

Racers to take on Donner Lake Triathlon

The Donner Lake Triathlon, known for being among the nation’s oldest and most challenging triathlons, offers an easier option this year with its new category, the Sprint Relay.Relay teams can be composed of two or three people, and each completes one leg of the event, which is comprised of a two-mile run, a quarter-mile swim or a six-mile bike ride. Afterwards, all participants are treated to a post-race lunch, a race T-shirt and goodie bag and live music. The sprint triathlon starts at 7:30 a.m. July 16. In this event, participants have the option of either tackling the entire course themselves or creating a relay team.Truckee resident Steve Kilbuck, 62, will be taking on the sprint course by himself, just as he did last year for his first triathlon.”My goal is just to finish,” said Kilbuck, who has been training for the last three months in preparation. “I guess my main goal is to improve my time from last year.”Kilbuck said he’s in about the same shape as a year ago, when he placed first in his age group – ages 60 to 64 – and 174th overall in 1:03.10. The fastest time in the sprint race last year was 37:53, set by Michael Smith, 40, of Santa Barbara. In last year’s sprint race, Truckee’s Shannon Rahlves, now 30 years old, took first among the women and fourth overall with a time of 41:32.But Kilbuck will concede that the triathlon, wild called a “sprint” race, is not as easy as Rahlves makes it look.”It was hard,” he said of the race, “especially for an old guy like me … But you don’t have to be a great athlete to do a triathlon. You just have to be in shape. I think that’s probably why it’s so popular.”International triathlon Distances for the international trialthlon on July 17, which starts at 7:30 a.m., include a 1.5K swim (0.9 miles), 40K bike (24.8 miles) and 10.5K run (6.5 miles).Last year Reno’s Scott Young, who was 37 at the time, won the international triathlon in 2:12.57, while Rahlves placed first in the women’s field and 12th overall with a time of 2:25.34. Volunteers, each supplied with coffee, a race T-shirt and lunch, will be needed to assist with many race tasks, including swim-course safety kayaks, water stations, course monitoring, registration and finish-line timing. If interested in volunteering at the event, contact Priscilla Moreno at 574-2519 or Priscilla@changeofpace.com.Residents of Truckee and 2004 participants receive registration discounts. Fees are $95 for the individual international triathlon, $130 for international relay teams, $65 for the sprint-distance triathlon and $95 per team for the sprint-distance relay. On-line registration is available at the official event website, http://www.changeofpace.com. For more information, course specifics, maps, and updates, contact the event by phone at 757-2012, by e-mail at info@changeofpace.com or on-line at http://www.changeofpace.com.About the weather, it’s like Kilbuck said: “Hopefully the temperature cools off for the weekend.”

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