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Sprint triathlon set Saturday in Lander
Riverton High School swim coach and Lander resident Chad Fallin participated in the Go Fremont County triathlon last month. Lander hosts its sprint triathlon this Saturday. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Sprint triathlon set Saturday in Lander

Aug 12, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The course is a 750-meter swim (half mile), a 12.4-mile bike ride, and concludes with 5k run (3.1 miles). The race will start at 7 a.m.

Organizer Chantel Bowen has a goal of getting 100 athletes signed up for the second annual Lander Sprint Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Bowen said 75 people had registered as of Thursday for the triathlon.

The registration fee is $55 for individuals and $135 for teams.

"We are very excited to host it for the second year in a row," Bowen said. "There are a lot of people out and about that are training. We are looking forward to seeing them in our event."

Registration must be completed before Saturday.

"People can register all the way up until the day before the race," Bowen said.

There will be a race party at Tony's Pizza from 4-8 p.m. Friday.

"They can come down to get their packet and sign up all at the same time," Bowen said.

A pre-race meal costs $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. The meal includes pasta and a salad.

"We are encouraging all of our athletes to come out and get their pre-race meal," Bowen said.

People can sign up for the triathlon in Lander at Gannett Peak Sports and High Mountain Fitness.

"We get a full spectrum of people in the triathlon," Bowen said. "For 20 people it's going to be their first triathlon."

Riverton athletes can register at Teton Athletic Club.

"It's exciting to know that 20 more people are doing it for the first time," Bowen said. "It's great to see the growth."

Greg Anderson won the men's 2011 Lander Sprint triathlon in a time of 1:05.08, and Pearson Smith finished first in the women's division in a time of 1:13.58. Smith and Anderson are both Lander residents.

"Some people have a goal to get into shape or to challenge themselves," Bowen said. "It's a personal goal that they have set. They know somebody that did it last yea,r and they had a blast doing it."

Course

The course is a 750-meter swim (half mile), a 12.4-mile bike ride, and concludes with 5k run (3.1 miles).

The race will start at 7 a.m.

"The run course will be completely different from last year," Bowen said.

The run starts outside the Lander City Pool, which is also the transition area.

The runners will head out on to Black Street, then to Springs Road (dirt road), then come back on to Ninth Street and finish on Fremont Street.

Sprint series

"A few people from the northern part of the state have joined the Multi-Sport Challenge series, and they are coming to Lander for the first time," Bowen said. "We are excited to have them."

Bowen is the founder of the Wyoming Multi-Sport Challenge.

The challenge is made of eight different triathlons across the state.

The last one on the schedule is in Laramie in September.

"We do points so they can win an overall prize in the division," Bowen said.

"it does look like we have almost doubled from the participates last year."

Riverton had its Go Fremont County Sprint Triathlon last month.

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