MILLEDGEVILLE — The Old Capital Triathlon returns to Milledgeville Saturday for a third year with athletes competing in the multi-sport event to be the first to cross the finish line.
Competitors from all over the state are expected at the Legacy at Sinclair at 7 a.m. to race in three areas of competition: a 500-yard swim, the Roswell Bicycle 14-mile bike course and the Big Peach Running Company 5K run. The swim must be completed with in 30 minutes. The bike route must be completed in two hours or a total of two hours and 30 minutes for a swim-bike split. The final event, the 5K, must be completed in an hour or a total of three hours and 30 minutes with all three races combined in order to officially complete the race.
“Each year we keep gaining momentum, and the event draws in a lot of people both locally and all over the state,” said Jill Robbins, director of human resources at Georgia Military College (GMC). Robbins, along with GMC history professor, Edward Shelor, are responsible for bringing the multi-sport event to Milledgeville.
“When Shelor first brought the idea to me, we both saw how triathlons were becoming more and more popular in other parts of the state,” said Robbins. “We wanted to give athletes in Milledgeville a chance to compete in an event of this caliber without having to travel so far for competition.”
This year’s triathlon was scheduled for an earlier date, but for specific reasons.
“We usually have the triathlon during the weekend of Memorial Day, but this year we moved the date so that we wouldn’t have to compete with other races that are usually scheduled around the same time,” Robbins said.
Similar to previous years, the number of scheduled participants in this year’s triathlon looks promising with numbers expected to continue to grow as the event nears.