Sportsbarn Hosts Triathlon Benefitting Local Families Trough First Things First

Monday, July 21, 2014

Area athletes are invited to test their physical strength at the 18th Annual Sportsbarn Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, Aug. 10.  The event starts at the Chickamauga Dam where competitors will swim, ride, run or even paddleboard to downtown Chattanooga.    

Each year, more than 700 participants and spectators turn out for the sprint triathlon presented by the Sportsbarn.  Proceeds benefit First Things First, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening area families.    

The triathlon begins at 7 a.m. with participants swimming or paddleboarding one quarter-mile in the Chickamauga Lake, and then riding 8.2 miles to downtown Chattanooga via Amnicola Highway.  The race ends with a 2-mile run along the Chattanooga riverfront and the North Shore.   

Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners overall and in each age group.   The Sportsbarn Sprint Triathlon welcomes Race Day Events as the official time-keeper.  Their service provides net and split times for every individual athlete. 

The cost to participate in the triathlon is $50 per person and $75 per relay team.  After Aug. 9, the cost is $55 per person and $80 per relay team.  The registration fee includes food and an event T-shirt.   Register online at www.sportsbarn.net or by calling the Sportsbarn at 266-1125.  Pre-registration is required. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9.

The Sportsbarn Sprint Triathlon is sponsored by Personal Fitness Specialists, KZ106, Talk Radio 102.3, L2 Boards, Earth Fare, Summit Physical Therapy and Southern Coffee Service.

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