Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Weather looking better for Redfish races

Triathlon, duathlon in the Stanley Basin

The warm weather in the area this last week has brought smiles to the organizers of the Redfish Triathlon and Duathlon scheduled for Saturday, June 21 in the Stanley Basin.

"The water has finally warmed up and beyond where we needed it to be so we can have the swim portion of the triathlons," said race director Bart Davis. "Last Sunday, the water was registering anywhere from 52 to 55 degrees, and we still have a week of really warm weather ahead!"

It's good news for the first annual Sawtooth Valley race.

With over 160 athletes already registered, race organizers are hoping the confirmation of the swim and forecast of continued good weather this week will push numbers above 200 triathletes by race day.

It will be a scenic course for athletes and spectators alike.

"The Sawtooth Mountains are still covered in white snow, the wildflowers are starting to bloom, and we'll have 200 colorful athletes competing against Mother Nature's beautiful backdrop," said Davis.

Registration for the Redfish Triathlon and Duathlon will be accepted at through Thursday, June 19th. On-site registration will be taken until 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 21.

The first Racing for Recovery Redfish Olympic and Sprint Triathlon starts Saturday at 9 a.m. at Redfish Lake Lodge.

The two triathlon courses are an Olympic distance tri (1.5-kilometer swim, 40k bike, 10k run) and a sprint triathlon (500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run). Redfish Lake duathlons offer a short course (2-mile run, 20k bike, 5k run) and a longer one (5k run, 40k bike, 5k run).

Register now at Entry fees range from $60 for individuals, to $50 for 55 and over and ages 10-17, and $90 for a three-person relay.

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