After a warm and sunny first year, the Blaine Triathlon offered competitors a cold and rainy version last year. So far, there are far fewer triathletes registered to participate this year.
The endurance race around The Lakes community in Blaine is set for May 18, with registration open until May 14, for those looking for a swim, bike and run challenge on a flat course.
Nate Monahan, Blaine programs supervisor, said approximately 220 entries had been received by May 1, down from 300-350 they hoped for.
“We can attribute it to the weather. It was cold last year and we’re looking at the same this year,” he said.
Organizers will discuss moving the date later into the summer or fall, conferring with other triathlons and community festivals before making a decision sometime this fall.
“Mother Nature has not been kind to the Blaine Triathlon,” Monahan said.
The officially sanctioned USA Triathlon event includes a 1/3-mile swim, 16.7-mile bike race and 3.5-mile run around the Blaine neighborhood.
Defending women’s champion Heather Lendway has registered to defend her title while men’s overall champion Brett Lovaas had not registered as of May 1.
The National Anthem will mark the start of the event at 7:50 a.m. before 14 waves of 25 racers hit the water every three minutes starting at 8 a.m.
An awards ceremony will follow the completion of the event, at approximately 10:45 a.m.
All finishers receive a custom Blaine Triathlon medal. The top three finishers in each category and top two relay teams receive a custom plaque.
Blaine Triathlon will add a Blaine Kids Triathlon July 26.
The event is a smaller version of the adult event and offers kids ages 7-14 a chance to swim, bike and run.
The swim course stays inside the swim-area buoys. The bike course goes around the lake once and a mile run ends near the beach.
The goal of the event is to offer a fun atmosphere where the focus isn’t so much on the competition but finishing the course and having fun.
Parents are allowed to accompany their children on the course, participants are allowed to wear life jackets in the water and use their own bike.
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