Triathlon set for Saturday

In just a few days, the Comanche Warrior Triathlon returns to Big Spring. Triathletes will be swimming, biking and running up and down county roads and through Comanche Trail Park starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. “We are looking forward to this year and can't wait for all the triathletes to get here,” Debbie Wegman, event coordinator, said. The competition, in its fifth year, will include a 500-meter swim in Comanche Trail Lake, transition to a 30K bike ride and will conclude with a 5K run. The bike ride will take participants through Comanche Trail Park to Wasson Road, turning onto Rockhouse Road and on Lintner Road and back to the park. The run will have triathletes going through the park, finishing near the Dora Roberts Community Center. “We have changed up the route a little bit this year, but we figured it will still be just as challenging while providing something new for those who have taken part in the triathlon before,” Wegman said. Registration will begin Friday and take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dora Roberts Community Center. Swim practice will be at 6 p.m. for those wanting to take advantage of it. Registration will also take place again from 6 a.m. until 7:15 a.m. Saturday. A pre-race meeting will be held at 7:30 a.m. and the race will kick off at 8 a.m. At the end of the race, around 10:30 a.m., there will be a post race meal and award ceremony.“We will once again have Great Western Dining providing our lunch and are expecting a fun award ceremony,” Wegman said. In addition to the triathletes registering, Chamber Executive Director Debbye ValVerde said volunteers for the race are still being sought. The goal is to have 100 volunteers this year. On average, there have been 80. “The volunteers play a major role in the triathlon. We receive loads of compliments each year on our volunteers and I look forward to continuing that tradition with even more volunteers,” ValVerde said. Those volunteering will be spaced throughout the course to cheer on participants and will be needed to help in the transition areas. To volunteer, contact ValVerde at 263-7641.