Triathlon returns Saturday

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By The Staff

The 2011 Los Alamos Triathlon is closing its online registration Thursday night.
The triathlon, one of the most popular local sporting events of the year, is scheduled for Saturday morning. The first wave of contestants will head out at 7 a.m.
Online registrations are being accepted at active.com through 7 p.m. Thursday. Price for online registration is $50 for individuals, $90 for relay teams of two and $120 for three-person relay teams.
The triathlon is open to a total of 350 competitors.
The triathlon consists of a 20-kilometer bike race, followed by a 400-meter swim in the aquatic center’s pool, followed by a 5-kilometer run up and down Canyon Road.
Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three male and female finishers as well as the top relay teams.
Los Alamos County, which hosts the triathlon, announced that Canyon Road from Central Avenue to Diamond Drive will be closed to through traffic starting at 5 a.m. Saturday and warns drivers that cyclists will be on Canyon Road, Diamond Drive and West Jemez Road from 7:30 until approximately 9 a.m.
Registration also closes Thursday for the 18th annual Kids Triathlon. That event will be Sunday starting at the aquatic center and is open to boys and girls in several different age categories.
Registrations for the Kids Triathlon are also being accepted at active.com. For more information or to volunteer for the event, visit the county’s website, losalamosnm.us.