Maple Leaf City Triathlon returns Saturday
The Maple Leaf City Triathlon returns Saturday for its fourth running with what looks to be a record number of participants.
Baldwin City Recreation Director Steve Friend said 160 people had pre-registered for the event as of Wednesday morning. With more than a full day to pre-register and Saturday morning walk-up registration, he expects the triathlon will surpass the record number of participants of 170, he said.
The event was modified last year with the addition of a young teen category and to make the triathlon more challenging for adults. This year, the teen category has been renamed the short course and is open teen competitors and beginning or novice triathletes.
The adult event is now a full “sprint triathlon,” which increases the distance and the demands on competitors. They now swim 300 meters, bike 12 miles instead of 7 and finish with a 5K run.
The short course events are a swim 100 meters, bike 4 miles and run 1 mile. Back is the youth competition for children from 6 to 11 years old. They will swim 50 meters, bike 1.5 miles and finish with a half-mile run.
Registered adults should check in from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. at the Baldwin City swimming pool, and those in the two youth categories from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The adult triathlon starts at 7 a.m. and the younger competitions start at 10 a.m.
Baldwin City Councilman David Simmons and BCRC is recruiting volunteers to work the triathlon. Course marshals are still needed for Saturday to guard intersections to project racers from traffic.
Those wishing to volunteer should call the BCRC office at 785-594-3670.
Volunteers will be treated to a picnic and pool party with the orientation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at the pool. For more information, call Simmons at 785-691-9836.
Online registrations can be made through 5 p.m. Thursday by visiting enter2run.com and searching for Maple Leaf City Triathlon.