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Snohomish to host triathlon

SNOHOMISH — It will be a sprint to the finish but on a route so scenic that competitors may be tempted to stop and smell the proverbial roses at Snohomish’s first triathlon on Sunday, April 22.
The event begins and ends at the Snohomish Aquatic Center where participants will take to the water for a 320 or 500 yard swim, followed by a 13.5 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile run.
 “I swim at like six different pools and that is my favorite by far,” said organizer and triathlete Lisa Worthington of Finish Strong Events.
Worthington said the entire course was well-suited to the event. The lack of traffic, rural scenery, riverside path and no hills were all appealing.
The event was a couple years in the making, said aquatics manager Rob Serviss, who is excited at the opportunity.
The competition is known as a sprint triathlon, the shortest of four common lengths, and friendliest to beginners.
The race starts at 8 a.m. and while elite athletes may call it a day by 9 a.m., two-hour finish times are common for newer competitors.
“We’ll start with different heats. So, the (competition) pool can hold 20 people … when somebody’s finished, the next person goes … so if you start in the second wave, somebody that started later than you could be faster,” Worthington said.
That means triathletes may not know who their competition is and how well they’re doing, which she said makes the event extra exciting.
For skeptics who question having a triathlon at an indoor pool, Worthington points north where the practice is common in Alaska.
Registration is currently open and organizers are also seeking volunteers for a number of roles.
The entry fee is $70 and includes a T-shirt, a goodie bag and medal for participants, and awards for winners in each age and gender category. Categories are 19 and under, and then each five-year increment.
Athletes ages 12 and older can participate in relay teams, participants 14 and older can compete as individuals.
For more information and to register, go to www.runsignup.com/Race/WA/Snohomish/SACTri

 

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