July 18, 2008

Athletes take over for Racine triathlons

And the winner! Ashley Jensen, 23, of Kenosha,
winning the Women's Only Triathlon
Saturday morning, in a time of 1.09:44.

Here are the men, starting the Blue Wave Sprint Triathlon

And here, wading out to the buoys for their swim

After the swim, a 12.4-mile bicycle race

Well-wishers along the course

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Athlete/masochists are pouring into town, to take part in this weekend's Spirit of Racine Triathlon events.

Thousands of them! At last count -- a week ago -- some 2,400 were registered, according Jim Walczak, Civic Center executive director, whose Festival Hall is hosting a race expo (and registration for all those athletes) tonight from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 8 pm.

But the really big event is not the expo, but rather the race -- or races, to be exact. Total registration -- at left are some of this afternoon's registrants -- could hit 3,000.

Saturday features the Women's Only Triathlon, which begins at 7 a.m., and the Blue Wave Sprint Triathlon, which starts at 8:30 a.m. Both include a 750-meter swim along North Beach, followed by a 12.4-mile bike ride ride through the county, followed by a 3.1-mile run from North Beach to the Lighthouse and back.

Sunday is the main event, the Spirit of Racine Triathlon, which starts at 7 a.m. -- pretty much the same as the races above, but more of it. The swim is 1.2-miles, the bike race is 56-miles and the run is 13.1-miles, double out and back and through the Zoo, to the lighthouse and around Shoop Park.

The total prize purse is $25,000!

Making this year's Spirit of Racine Triathlon especially interesting is the appearance of David Thompson, winner in both 2006 and 2007, and a number of potential challengers: Daniel Bretscher, 2008 Morgantown Triathlon winner; Brian Rhodes, 2007 Morgantown winner; Mike Caizzo, 2008's Morgantown runner-up; and Abi Bayley, 2007's Spirit of Racine Triathlon third-place finisher, among other world-class athletes.

More information at the Spirit of Racine Triathlon website.


  1. Make sure you check out the route before you venture out! We had a hard time getting into the Model Airplane exhibition and flying show that is,well, right near the Mount Pleasant composting location. We had to cut across the bike trail.

  2. Absolutely great pictures, thanks for being a community advocate!

  3. Who plans the bike rounte and (lack of) traffic control? Without posted signs or alternate routes available, Sunday morning provided a nightmare for trying to get to or from church on Sunday morning. At $4.00+ a gallon, it was a great scene watching 40+ vehicles waiting at multiple locations with engines running.

  4. The bike course is much the same as prior years, planned by the Racine Convention group http://www.racine.org/, Racine City and County police departments. Unfortunately, a dense fog postponed the event for over an hour that threw off the schedule.

    The bike course was publicized quite a bit by automated telephone calls from the police, flyers, Journal Times, etc.

  5. Please explain the last photo - of yellow peppers?

  6. Ah, peppers to give your ride some bite!

    No, these are water bottles, on display and for sale at the Triathlon Expo held at Festival Hall.