Sixth Fulton Triathlon to take place on Saturday

Triathletes attempt to outpace one another in the Oestreich Memorial Pool during the 2012 Fulton Sprint Triathlon. Pictured coming up for air is 65-year-old first-time racer John Schlacks, who placed first in his age group.

Triathletes attempt to outpace one another in the Oestreich Memorial Pool during the 2012 Fulton Sprint Triathlon. Pictured coming up for air is 65-year-old first-time racer John Schlacks, who placed first in his age group.

The sixth annual Fulton Triathlon has 30 participants and two teams so far and is looking for more entrants.

The race is set to begin at 8 a.m Saturday at Fulton High School. Participants can individually pre-register for $20 or as teams of two or three for $27 at online at sites.google.com/site/fultontriathlon. In-person registration is also available at the Fulton Parks and Recreation Department, Atlas Physical Therapy, the YMCA of Callaway County and Tryathletics in Columbia.

Solo participants can register the day of the race for $30 while teams can sign up for $36.

Check in begins at 7 a.m. with a pre-race briefing scheduled for 7:40. The competition will start with a 2-mile run that concludes in front of Oestreich Swimming Pool. From there, runners will board their bikes for a 10-kilometer ride (6.2 miles) and finish with a 200-yard swim at the pool.

Groups registering as a team can swap in and out for other teammates in events that they are not strong at and will combine for the final team time.

Traditional male and female divisions will be in play, though event volunteer Josh Stevens said that age-group distinctions will be determined the day of the event.

Stevens — who competed in his first-ever triathlon at Fulton’s inaugural event and has participated in each successive one — believes past participants from Callaway County and Columbia will make return trips to the triathlon and hinted at a possible competition between participants from the Fulton Fire and Police departments.

“This is an event for the community and an opportunity for people to come together,” Stevens said Tuesday. “… It’d be nice to see it grow and become an event.”

Josh Mosley can be reached at (573) 826-2423 or at josh@fultonsun.com.

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