The Union Recorder

May 8, 2013

Old Capital Triathlon returns for a third year

Felicia Cummings
The Union-Recorder

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.

“So far we have about 150 people registered to compete but a lot of people like to wait until the deadline nears to register,” Robbins said. “By then our numbers are usually a little under 200.” 

Instead of a pre-party event as in previous years, there will be a post-party right after the race. Barbecue and homemade barbecue sauce from Jason Hughes, along with refreshments from the Goodie Gallery and Chic-fil-A will be available.

“Every year, everyone leaves talking about Hughes’ wonderful barbecue sauce,” said Robbins.

Cadence Bikes and Multisport of Atlanta will have representatives available for last-minute bike repairs and purchases. 

“We won’t really know about wet suits for the swim until the morning of the race so it’s best just to bring your own wetsuit just in case,” she said. Racers can form relay teams of two or three to compete in the triathlon, with each athlete racing one event. Each team member must fill out separate applications and a waiver.

The community is encouraged to come watch the race as triathletes transition from water to bikes to road for a chance at winning.

The last day of registration is Friday, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Milledgeville Country Club. The event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon, which is the national governing body for the sport. It is strongly recommended that all participants become familiar with the USA Triathlon Rules and Regulations before registering. 

For more information call Robbins at 478-387-4908. 

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