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Athletes are once again preparing for one of the major sporting events of the summer in Los Alamos County.
The Los Alamos Triathlon returns for another year Saturday. Individuals and teams will try to conquer the 20 kilometer bike leg, the 400-yard swim and the 5 kilometer run.
The bike leg heads down Pajarito Road, while the swimming and running legs take place at and around the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
In 2013, both the men’s and women’s champions were repeat winners. Chip Cooper held off a tough challenge from Clay Moseley to win his second straight men’s title, while Liz Miller topped elite-level athlete Mary Uhl to win her second straight women’s title.
Miller, who suffered a slew of problems last year, including a malfunctioning gearshift on her bike and stomach cramps late in the running leg, still finished in 1 hour, 11 minutes, 30 second, which was 48 seconds ahead of Uhl and 2-1/2 minutes ahead of Tamsen Schurman in third place.
Cooper, meanwhile, came in at 1:01:11, a minute and 21 seconds ahead of Moseley. Moseley, a former internationally-competitive biker, actually passed Cooper on the bike course despite Cooper starting 30 seconds ahead of him, but Cooper made up that time in the pool.
Last year, 123 individuals took part in the event, which was down significantly from the previous year.
Those participating can choose to go it alone, or in teams of two or three in relay format.
Also this weekend is the Los Alamos Kids Triathlon.
The kids triathlon is scheduled for Sunday afternoon and will be the final event at the aquatic center before it closes for repairs for approximately three months.