2018-03-09 / Front Page

‘DARE TO TRI’

Athletes of all abilities invited to triathlon
Laura Levering
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Raymond McCoy, front, is a few strokes away from completing the swim portion during a past “Dare to Tri” triathlon. 
Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Raymond McCoy, front, is a few strokes away from completing the swim portion during a past “Dare to Tri” triathlon. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Fort Gordon’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will host its fifth annual “Dare to Tri” sprint triathlon March 24.

The Dare to Tri is part of the Georgia Endurance Series; a series of triathlons across Georgia for seasoned and beginner triathletes alike. It is open to individuals 10 years and older.

The competition will begin with a 300-meter swim at the Fort Gordon indoor pool then competitors will be sent outside to a transition area where they will gear up for a 16-kilometer bike ride followed by a 5-kilometer run around Barton Field.

More than 250 people registered for the event last year (and 224 checked in), making it the event’s largest turnout in its history.

Neil Smith, DFMWR Recreation Division sports director, said he hopes to see an even larger turnout this year.


Adam Lippe, 8, of Evans, Georgia, completes his clothing change for a 12-mile ride during a past event, moments after finishing the triathlon 300-yard swim. 
Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Adam Lippe, 8, of Evans, Georgia, completes his clothing change for a 12-mile ride during a past event, moments after finishing the triathlon 300-yard swim. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office “There will be collegiate athletes competing against one another, but we do also have those people that have never competed before,” Smith said. “We offer encouragement and want to get more out there if possible.”

Units have a chance to vie for bragging rights and a trophy with the return of the Commander’s Cup this year.

Cost to compete is as follows: $35 for active duty individual; $70 for nonmilitary individual; $70 for collegiate individual; $50 for active duty relay; $110 for non-military relay. Relay teams can be two-person or three-person, and can consist of any mix of genders. The deadline to register is March 22.

Detailed information – including a memorandum for gate access – will be sent to competitors via email after they register.


Jenna Brown, 13, of North Augusta, South Carolina, makes the switch from swim gear into bicycle gear to begin the second leg of the triathlon. 
Bill Bengtson/Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Jenna Brown, 13, of North Augusta, South Carolina, makes the switch from swim gear into bicycle gear to begin the second leg of the triathlon. Bill Bengtson/Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Race packets will be available for pickup at the indoor pool on March 16 from 3-6 p.m. At 6 p.m. Each person must pick up their own packet and will need to bring ID.

If a competitor is a minor, then the parents/ guardians of the minor can pick up the minor’s packet but must show their ID. At 6 p.m., there will be an optional briefing geared toward individuals who have never participated in a triathlon.

“We’ll kind of do a little run-through of what to expect the day of the event, how to go through the transition area, and useful information for those folks,” Smith said.

Competitors are advised to arrive early on race day. Parking will be available in lots next to the transition area and throughout the installation. Spectators are welcome.

The triathlon will be timed using the ChampionChip Timing System. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in each category, and everyone who competes will receive a “swag bag” with goodies including a T-shirt.

Whether you are a top competitor or brand new to triathlons, Smith encourages everyone to come out.

“Even if you don’t stick with triathlons, then you can be a swimmer, be a cyclist, or be a runner,” Smith said. “And unlike an event that takes place off the installation, the event here is very secure when it comes to safety and ensuring that participants have not only a worthwhile time, but a safe time as well.”

To register, visit www.trisignup.com/ Race/GA/FortGordon/DaretoTriTriathlon.

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