Blaine triathlon registrations top 300

Next weekend’s first Blaine Triathlon has reached its maximum number of registrations.

This map shows the 2012 Blaine triathlon swim course. Photo courtesy Blaine GIS

This map shows the 2012 Blaine triathlon swim course. Photo courtesy Blaine GIS

Blaine residents account for 40 percent of the total race field, organizers said.

Jim Kappelhoff, park and recreation director, and Nate Monahan, event director, provided an event update during the Blaine City Council’s May 3 workshop.

The triathlon reached its maximum number of registrations April 9, Kappelhoff said. Individual participants total 229 and team relay participants 74.

The May 19 race will begin rain or shine at 8 a.m. The swim leg of the race is .3 miles, the bike leg 16.7 miles and the run leg 3.5 miles, Kappelhoff said.

Participants are scheduled to assemble at Lakeside Commons Park.

This map shows the 2012 Blaine triathlon bike course. Photo courtesy Blaine GIS

This map shows the 2012 Blaine triathlon bike course. Photo courtesy Blaine GIS

The 3.5-mile run leg of the triathlon will utilize streets, trails and sidewalks in The Lakes.

Earlier this year, a letter was mailed to all residents within the triathlon area notifying them of a January Blaine Park Board public hearing to review the event.

A second letter was mailed May 1 to residents.

Bikers will use County Road 14, Lexington Avenue and 109th Avenue, Radisson Road and Lakes Parkway.

Triathlon traffic control plans include road closures on Lakes Parkway and Harpers Street in the immediate area of Lakeside Commons Park, Kappelhoff said.

This map shows the 2012 Blaine triathlon run course. Photo courtesy Blaine GIS

This map shows the 2012 Blaine triathlon run course. Photo courtesy Blaine GIS

Monahan said that spectators will park at Blaine City Hall in the south parking lot and be bused to Lakeside Commons Park to watch the triathlon.

Buses will begin shuttling at 6 a.m. The race will begin promptly at 8 a.m. Shuttles will stop at 8:15 a.m. and start returning spectators to city hall at 11 a.m.

More than 20 local businesses and organizations are sponsoring the event through donations and in-kind services. Blaine Medical Center is lead sponsor.

“This event has exceeded expectations,” Kappelhoff said.

The first-time Blaine Park and Recreation Department event will operate in the black by making $650, he said.

This map shows the 2012 Blaine triathlon spectator area. Photo courtesy Blaine GIS

This map shows the 2012 Blaine triathlon spectator area. Photo courtesy Blaine GIS

Revenues include a $5,000 Twin Cities Gateway (TCG) Convention and Visitor’s Bureau grant, $5,300 in sponsorships and more than $20,000 in registrations.

For more information about the triathlon, visit www.blainetriathlon.com or contact Monahan directly at 763-785-6151 or e-mail nmonahan@ci.blaine.mn.us.

Tim Hennagir is at tim.hennagir@ecm-inc.com


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