Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mark your calendars for 20 tris in '10

Reposting a blog entry from earlier this month, as a friendly reminder:

I know more than a few of you runners out there are also triathletes -- and I know more than a few of you triathletes have been poking around the Set Up Events Web site, which revealed its 2010 triathlon schedules this month.

For those who haven't looked yet: I've combed through the lists to find the 20 tris taking place in the greater Charlotte area next year ... and found that in addition to popular races like the Tri Latta and Lake Norman races, several inaugural events are on the slate.

Registration opens over several days the first week in January, and it's important to also mark your calendars for those sign-up dates because some -- maybe even several -- of these tris will sell out fairly quickly. (Plus, the earlier you commit, the more money you'll save.)

Anyway, here goes:

NEW (sort of)! Cool Breeze Triathlon in Huntersville on Sunday, March 28: 250-yard pool swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run. Registration opens at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3. This race replaces the old MAP Triathlon, which sold out last year in three hours. Cap is 800 athletes. Details here.

NEW! Huntersville Triathlon on Sunday, April 25: 500-yard pool swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run. This one's almost identical to Cool Breeze, except the swim is twice as long. Registration opens at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4. Details here.

Jetton Triathlon in Charlotte on Saturday, May 8: 750-meter open-water swim (in Lake Norman), 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run. Registration begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3. Details here.

Over the Mountain Triathlon in Kings Mountain on Saturday, May 22: 1.5-kilometer open-water swim, 45-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run. The international-distance race is a point-to-point event that starts in Moss Lake and finishes in downtown Kings Mountain. Registration begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Details here.

Tri Latta Triathlon in Charlotte on Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13: 750-meter open-water swim (in Mountain Island Lake), 17-mile bike, 5-kilometer run. The Saturday race is for experienced triathletes, the Sunday race is for novices. Registration for both races opens at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2. Details here and here.

NEW! Ballantyne Triathlon in Charlotte on Saturday, July 10: Distances are TBA, but it will be a pool swim that takes place at the Morrison Family YMCA. Registration opens at midnight on Sunday, Jan. 3. Details here.

Lake Wylie YMCA Triathlon in Charlotte on Saturday, July 24: 750-meter open-water swim; 10-mile bike, 5-kilometer run. According to the race page, the bike course will be "much safer" than it was in 2009, when participants had to be very wary of traffic. Registration opens at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Details here.

NEW! Stumpy Creek Olympic Triathlon in Mooresville on Saturday, Aug. 7: 1,500-meter open-water swim (in Lake Norman), 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run. Details here. Then on Sunday, Aug. 8, there's the related Amica 19.7 Sprint Triathlon at Stumpy Creek: Held in the same basic area, it features a 750-meter open-water swim, 16-mile bike and 5-kilometer run. Details here. Registration for both the Olympic and the sprint races opens at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Lake Norman YMCA Triathlon in Cornelius on Saturday, Aug. 21, and Sunday, Aug. 22: 750-meter open-water swim, 17-mile bike, 5-kilometer run. The Saturday race is for experienced triathletes, the Sunday race is for novices. Registration for both races opens at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4. Details here and here.

Cane Creek Triathlon in Waxhaw on Saturday, Sept. 18: 750-meter open-water swim, 14-mile bike, 5-kilometer run. Registration opens at midnight on Sunday, Jan. 3. Details here.

Take Flight Triathlon in Huntersville on Sunday, Oct. 10: 250-yard pool swim, 10-mile bike, 5-kilometer run. Registration opens at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Details here.

There are also two Ramblin' Rose Women Only Sprints -- one in Rock Hill on Sunday, July 11, and one in Charlotte on Sunday, Sept. 26 -- and four races in the Birkdale Animal Hospital Kids Triathlon Series (on April 10, May 15, June 5, and July 17).

2 comments:

Eric said...

Can anyone tell us why registration would start at MIDNIGHT for some of these races? At least 6:00 PM makes a little sense.

Anonymous said...

It's all automated - some IT guy clicked a button somewhere that said to open registration on that day. Somebody just has to speak up and say "Hmmm, maybe we should open that at 8 AM or 6 PM instead"