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Usually kind of quiet on a Sunday morning, the area around E’town Swim & Fitness Center will be whirling with activity this weekend thanks to the hundreds of swimmers, bicycle riders and runners competing in Dolphin Swimming’s second sprint triathlon.
“The best thing is it’s for starters because it’s a shorter version of a triathlon,” Dolphins coach Mavi Sampaio said.
Competition begins at 8 a.m. in the main Olympic outdoor pool at ESFC.
Competitors will swim 400 meters or eight laps, moving back and forth from lane one to lane eight.
Then it’s off to a 13-mile paved bike ride focused around the area between ESFC, Tunnel Hills and Optimist Road. According to Bikemap.com, the ride features partly hilly and partly flat inclination with a total vertical climb of 196 feet.
Finally, the 3-mile paved run starts and ends at ESFC after winding past the nearby post office and other surrounding area businesses. According to Runmap.com, the course features a total vertical climb of 65 feet.
In last year’s inaugural event, 154 competitors comprising both genders, ranging from ages 15 to 64, competed. In addition, 30 men competed in the Clydesdale division (men over 220 pounds) and 10 women were in the Athena division (women over 165 pounds).
With 194 total competitors in the first year, the Dolphins are expecting more than 230 this year after competitors from five states have registered.
Part of the projected growth is also due to the new 12-under relay division, which allows kids to break up the event. The first team member swims, the second bikes and the third runs.
There are awards for the top three overall male and female finisher, the top three in gender-specific age groups (15-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 70-over), the top three Athena division finishers for 15-39 and 40-over, the top three Clydesdale division finishers for 15-39 and 40-over and the top three in each relay category (male, female, coed). After they finish the race, all participants receive participation medals.
Mike Purvis, 36, was last year’s male overall winner with a time of 59:19. He had a swim time of 6:24.8, a bike time of 33:39.4 and a run time of 17:25.8.
Season Kaminski, 33, was last year’s female overall winner with a time of 1:16.49.3. She had a swim time of 7:37, a bike time of 42:08.5 and a run time of 24:43.9.
All but nine of last year’s 194 total competitors were able to complete the event in less than 2 hours.
“This allows them to end their season and relax and have fun with a shorter one,” Sampaio said. “This Sunday is shaping up to be perfect. It’s not too hot and it’s not too cold – it’s perfect.”
Late registration ends Friday at www.etownsprinttri.com.