- Published on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 09:21
- Written by Josh James
On April 27, the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department will hold the popular Steamboat Classic Triathlon. “This is the 30th year this race has taken place,” explained Patrick Watson, Aquatics Supervisor with Parks and Recreation. “It’s one of the first and longest-running multi-sport events in town.”
The triathlon will begin at 9 a.m. with a 450 meter swim in the Central Municipal Pool. The triathletes will then hit the road for 15.5 miles of biking that will lead them out of town toward the Jaycee Golf Course. The course will conclude with a 5-mile run downtown to the river and back to the Central Pool. Maps are available here from the event website.
For those worried about entering in a highly competitive event, Watson provides reassurance, noting, “It’s a good race for all levels of multi-sport ability; we have people who finish it in under 80 minutes all the way to some who take their time and enjoy the scenery that will take 3 hours.” The objective of this triathlon is for everyone to have fun.
Triathletes may pre-register through Friday, April 11. Participants may register individually or in a team. Individual triathletes complete all three events by themselves, whereas a team has three people each doing one of the triathlon activities. The pre-registration fee for individuals is $45, the regular registration (April 12-24) is $55, and late registration (April 25-27) is $65. The team pre-registration is $55, regular registration is $65, and late registration is $75.
Divisions for the Steamboat Triathlon include men and women’s divisions spanning multiple age groups. There will also be relay divisions of men, women, coed, youth (18 and under), and masters (40 and over). In addition, there will be a para-athlete division for individual men and women, as well as a para-relay division. Trophies are awarded to the top finishers in each age category. Lunch is provided for all participants after the race.