Open spots for Blaine triathlon

About 100 spots are still open for the third annual Blaine Triathlon, but the event organizer expects them to fill up in a hurry.

About 100 spots remain for the third annual Blaine Triathlon that starts 8 a.m. Saturday, May 17 at Lakeside Commons Park. File photo

About 100 spots remain for the third annual Blaine Triathlon that starts 8 a.m. Saturday, May 17 at Lakeside Commons Park. File photo

“We will see more start to sign up as we get nicer weather,” said Nate Monahan, program supervisor for the city of Blaine.

History shows that Blaine will have no trouble signing people up for the event, which starts 8 a.m. Saturday, May 17 at Lakeside Commons Park, 3020 Lakes Parkway. All 350 spots were reserved the first two years.

Getting people there could be a challenge, depending on weather. While everyone showed up in 2012, only 260 actually came last year because of cold and rain, according to Monahan. There are no refunds.

There are no major changes in store for this year, according to Monahan. The race starts with a 0.3-mile swim, then a 16.7-mile bike ride and ends with a 3.5-mile run. If you prefer to not do one of these challenges, you could always register a relay team and divvy up the parts of the race to different team members.

The base fee is $90 per individual and $125 for teams. If you are not a member of USA Triathlon, you must buy a one-day membership for $12. This organization sponsors the Blaine Triathlon.

The fee includes a T-shirt, swim cap and refreshments.

To register or for more information, visit www.blainetriathlon.com.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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