Triathlon returns for 39th running

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By Mike Cote

One of the largest sporting events, and the big crowd that usually comes with it, returns Saturday to Los Alamos County.
The Los Alamos Triathlon will be Saturday. The county’s recreation department hosts the event, which gets going bright and early at 7 a.m. when the first wave of competitors gets going.
This is the 39th year for the event. It’s believed to be the longest continuously-run multi-sport race in the country, although it was reduced to just two legs in 2010 due to road construction in and around Diamond Drive.
The triathlon consists of a 20K bike race followed by a 400-meter swim at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, followed by a 5K run.
This year’s course will be different than previous years, however, particularly the running leg.
This year, instead of runners heading northeast along Canyon Drive, they will actually head west toward Los Alamos High School, then turn north onto Diamond Drive before turning around and heading back toward the aquatic center.
Last year, 146 individuals and 23 relay teams took part in the race.
Longtime multi-sport competitor Chip Cooper of Los Alamos came back from a big deficit in the third and final leg to win the men’s elite championship.

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