Triathlon adds three new events |

Triathlon adds three new events

It has become one of America’s largest and most well-known triathlons,

having drawn an average of 600 participants each year. This year,

it promises to be even bigger.

The Donner Lake Triathlon kicks open its doors to area and national

competitors this weekend as the races get under way Sunday, July

19, at Donner Lake in Truckee.

Three news events will be unveiled at the 17th annual triathlon,

and competitors should look forward to the most challenging course

in the history of the race.

–A sprint triathlon, called “an icebreaker” by organizers, features

a quarter-mile swim, six-mile bike and two-mile run.

Both road and mountain bikes are welcome in this easier race,

designed for less-serious athletes and those who don’t have time

to train for more grueling distances.

— An open water swim caters to those who particularly enjoy the

water portion of triathlons and is a two-mile swim in the 60-plus

degree temperatures of Donner Lake.

— A 10K lake run takes place early in the day, so temperatures

should be cooler for less hardy participants.

–The Donner Lake Triathlon, the big daddy of them all, will feature

a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and a two-mile run.

Debuting in 1982, the first Donner Lake Triathlon drew little

more than 300 racers, but by 1984 there were more than 700 participants.

The popularity peaked with 850 participants in 1992.

On Saturday, racers will register, pick up packets, hold pre-race

meetings, inspect bikes and participate in a fitness expo.

This will run from noon to 5 p.m. at the West End of Donner Lake.

On Sunday, racers will check in between 5 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. The

sprint triathlon kicks off at 7:30 a.m. The Donner Lake Triathlon

itself is at 7:45 a.m. The open water swim begins at 8:15 a.m.

and the lake run is at 8:30 a.m. Awards ceremonies and a barbecue

luncheon will follow. For information, call (530) 757-2012.

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