Considering that the ninth-longest river in the United States borders Cincinnati, this city provides the perfect venue for swimming competitions. Coincidentally, a triathlon is coming up in just a few short weeks.
The Cincinnati triathlon takes place Sunday, July 25. The registration packet pickup day is Saturday, July 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sawyer Point. Packet pickup or race entry is not available on race day. There are three categories based on varying levels of intensity, which are broken down as follows:
The Olympic Triathlon begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse with a 1,350-meter swim downstream in the Ohio River to the Public Landing. The water portion of the race immediately transitions into a two-lap, 24.8-mile bike ride, which begins and ends at the Public Landing vehicle entrance. A 6.2-mile run follows directly after.
The Sprint Triathlon varies drastically length-wise from the Olympic race and may be more appealing to athletes who are new to triathlons, but still want to participate. The swimming portion starts at the east end of the Serpentine Wall, with a 400-meter swim, ending at the Public Landing. The water portion shifts into a 1-lap, 12.4-mile bike ride, followed by a 3.1-mile run to finish the race.
The Sprint Duathlon is a two-sport race, consisting of both the biking and running portions of the traditional triathlon. Like the Sprint Triathlon, the biking segment is a 12.4-mile ride and takes off at the vehicle entrance of the Public Landing. The running fraction is broken up into two categories, consisting of a 1.2-mile run, and a 3.1-mile run.
Click here for a more detailed account of each route.
Concerned that you aren’t quite up to par with the athletic requirements of these races? No need to fret. Weekly training sessions take place at CycleSport & Tri every Thursday evening leading up to the race at 6:30 p.m. (excluding, Thursday, July 22). These meetings are great for first-timers seeking a fun atmosphere to build endurance, and gain knowledge on training tips with the help of USA Triathlon certified Coach Kelly Cunningham.
Whether this is your hundredth triathlon, or your first, this competition offers a fun way to meet new people and push the athlete within. Click here for registration information and race details.
Also, please note that this is a USAT sanctioned event. All participants must be USA Triathlon members, or pay a $10 fee for a one-day insurance license.