Los Alamos Triathlon Celebrates ‘Ruby’ Year Aug. 16

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The Los Alamos Triathlon is celebrating its “ruby” 40th year as the oldest, continuously running triathlon in the United States with a challenging sprint triathlon starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 in Los Alamos.

In addition, the 21st annual Kids Triathlon is 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 for kids between three and 10 years of age.

In honor of the Triathlon’s 40th anniversary, all triathletes are encouraged to wear red.

The Los Alamos Triathlon course is back on its original route, including a 20K (12.4 mile) rolling bike course that begins in town at an elevation of 7,400 feet and traverses an open course surrounded by forest, from N.M. 501 to N.M. 4, followed by a 400-meter pool swim and ending with a mildly flat 5K run. Bike helmets are required.

Individual race categories include:

  • Elite (no age category);
  • Athena (women 150 pounds or more); and
  • Clydesdale (men 200 lbs. or more).

Team race categories include male; female; and co-ed, divided by age groups.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third placements in each category.

Entry fees are $50 for Elite, Individual, Clydesdale and Athena triathletes. Two person teams are $90, and three person teams are $120. Entry includes long sleeve shirt, post-race refreshments, Los Alamos coupon book and post race giveaways.

The deadline for early bird registration is 7 p.m., Aug. 12. Late registration will be accepted by 7 p.m., Aug. 14. Late triathlon entries will be assessed a $15 fee, or $5 for kids triathlon. There is NO race day registration.

Registration can be mailed, completed online or delivered in person:

  • Mail registration forms to Los Alamos County Recreation Division, Attn: Los Alamos Triathlon 2760 Canyon Road. Los Alamos, NM  87544.
  • Hand delivered registration forms will be accepted at the Walkup Aquatic Center, 2760 Canyon Road.
  • Online registration is available at losalamosnm.us/rec/Programs/Pages/LosAlamosTriathlon.aspx.

Packets can be picked up at the Walkup Aquatic Center Training Room noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 or 5:30-6:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16.

The Kids Triathlon is a fun introduction into the multi-sport world for children, and all finishers will receive a participation medal. This is a non-timed event limited to 150 children. Entry fees are $25 per child. Age categories include: Pee Wees Ages 3-4 (1/4 mile bike/100 yard run/25 yard swim); Pee Wees Ages 5-6 (1/4 mile bike/100 yard run/25 yard swim); Juniors Ages 7-8 (1/2 mile bike/1/4 mile run/50 yard swim); and Juniors 9-10 (1 mile bike/1/2 mile run/50 yard swim). For more information and online registration, visit losalamosnm.us/rec/Programs/Pages/LosAlamosKidsTriathlon.aspx.

Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division needs adult community volunteers to help with the Triathlon. Call 505.662.8173 for opportunities.

The Los Alamos Triathlon is sponsored by Los Alamos County Recreation, Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos High Altitude Sports, Daniel’s Cafe, Hammer Nutrition, Pet Pangaea, Zuli Studios, Coca Cola, Road ID, Little Jimmy’s Wheelhouse, Los Alamos Triatomics, James Rickman/Caroline Spaeth, and the Los Alamos Daily Post.

For more information, including course maps and race rules, visit losalamosnm.us/rec/Programs/Pages/LosAlamosTriathlon.aspx or via social media at facebook.com/LosAlamosTriathlon or call 505.662.8173.