Due to water quality problems with Devil’s Lake there’s been a change in the Lincoln City Sprint Triathlon
From Gail Kimberling, Lincoln City Community Center Director
For the first time in its 23-year history, the Lincoln City Sprint Triathlon will be a “duathlon” instead.
This means Sunday’s swim-bike-run event is now a run-bike-run race. And Mother Nature is to blame, thanks to a pesky blue-green algae bloom in Devils Lake that has been slower to dissipate than in recent years. A Water Contact Advisory for the lake remains in effect based on testing this week by Devils Lake Water Improvement District.
The annual race historically features a .75K swim in the lake, followed by a 15.5K bike ride around the lake and a 5K run. In place of the swim this Sunday, participants will be able to choose from two options: a 2-mile run/15.5K bike/5K run, or a 15.5K bike/5K run.
With its short but hilly (a.k.a. technical) course, the Lincoln City Sprint Triathlon is known as a great race for both novice and experience athletes. Ribbons will be awarded to the top three finishers in five-year age divisions, and all participants will receive a long-sleeved technical T-shirt, refreshments and the satisfaction of enduring a great race – swim or no swim.
In the mid-1980s the entire race was canceled due to construction on the bike course on East Devils Lake Road. Several times the swim has been shortened due to thick fog. But never – until now – has the swim been entirely eliminated from the event.
This isn’t the first outdoor race where this has occurred. In early August, the MidSummer Triathlon and Wahine All-Women’s Triathlon became duathlons because of a blue-green algae bloom in Blue Lake, near Portland. Two weeks ago, the swim portion of the Eugene Triathlon was also canceled due to an algae bloom. But triathletes are a versatile bunch, so participants took the change in stride and endured an extra leg workout instead of a swim.
Day-of-race registration will be available for individuals and teams. Fees range from $60 – $80.
For information about the Lincoln City Sprint Triathlon check the Lincoln City Community Center Facebook page, or contact Karl McShane at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-996-1233.