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Triathlon back in town Sept. 9

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The fourth annual Subaru Women’s Triathlon is scheduled to play host to close to 1,000 athletes at Steel Lake Park Sept. 9.

The Federal Way event is the third of the four-race Subaru Triathlon Series, which also includes stops in Chicago, St. Petersburg, Fla., and San Diego.

The race offers athletes a choice of two different distances: The Sprint Competition (.75-kilometer swim, 19.5k bike, and 6.5k run, completed as an individual or relay team), and the SuperSprint Competition (.375k swim, 13k bike, and 3.4k run).

Festivities in Federal Way kick off on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Multisport Experience at Steel Lake Park, where competitors have the chance to register for the race, enter sweepstakes and find deals on athletic clothing, equipment and apparel. Beginning athletes will appreciate the clinics and talks that are designed to help better understand triathlon basics and discuss course details.

Last year, the third annual triathlon drew just over 600 participants and rave reviews from fans and athletes because it features one venue that is able to house transition areas for all three events — swim, bike and run — along with the finish line. That is different from a lot of the other large triathlons around the country.

The most impressive performance last year was turned in by Bellingham’s Alina Brown. Brown finished the main event sprint course in 1 hour, 17:08 — nearly two minutes ahead of the second-place runner Karin Stender of Seattle.

The top local finisher was 53-year-old Ute Cray from Federal Way. Cray finished 47th in a time of 1:40.08. Maple Valley’s Stacey Neste won the SuperSprint competition in 1:00.16.

Race day commences at 7 a.m. on Sept. 9 with waves of athletes starting the swim 3 to 5 minutes apart from one another. The bike course then takes competitors through the rolling hills surrounding the park, Military Road and the Weyerhaeuser Corporate Campus before heading back to Steel Lake. Athletes finish the race with a run around Steel Lake. While the race is underway, roads in the neighborhoods in the immediate vicinity of Steel Lake Park may have limited access (one lane open) or may be closed to all traffic except during an emergency.

A portion of the proceeds from the Subaru U.S. Women’s Triathlon Series will benefit The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Inc. (OCRF), which is devoted to the formulation of early diagnostic treatment programs and research toward the ultimate conquest of ovarian cancer.

To date, over $16,000 has been raised for OCRF by participants of the Federal Way event, with over $140,000 raised by all series competitors.

For more information on the Subaru U.S. Women’s Triathlon Series, including how and where to register or to volunteer at the event, call (800) 509-5525 or visit www.uswts.com.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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