Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Do you have what it takes to compete in one of the Lowcountry’s toughest and longest-running endurance competitions? The Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series (CSTS) is kicking off its 23rd year of challenging athletes to the area’s premier swim, bike and run event at James Island County Park. Registration is open now and the first race starts May 19.
Athletes are encouraged to sign up for one race, or compete in multiple or all of the five-race series. Winners will be awarded from each individual race as well as the entire series. The 2013 series will be held on May 19, June 16, July 7 and July 28, with the Championship Race set for Aug. 11.
Nearly 25,000 athletes have raced in this swim-bike-run series since it began in 1991. It has been honored as one of the Top Ten Charleston Signature Sport Events by the Charleston Metro Sports Council, placing it in good company with other Charleston favorites like the Family Circle Tennis Cup and the Cooper River Bridge Run.
Each race begins at 7:15 a.m. with a 600-yard freshwater swim in the lake at James Island County Park, continues with a 12-mile bike ride through the park and out and back on Riverland Drive, and finishes with a flat 5K run.
A discounted registration fee is offered for registration for 3, 4 or 5 races; series registration must be made by May 19. Each race is limited to 400 participants, and fees start at $55 per race.
CSTS offers participation and awards throughout a variety of divisions. Awards will be presented to the top five men and the top three women finishers in the Open/Elite division. Awards will also be presented to the top three age group winners in five-year increments, as well as to the top male and female finishers over the age of 40 (Masters division). Participants may choose to compete in the Clydesdale (men over 200 pounds), Athena (women over 150 pounds) or Masters Clydesdales (men over age 40 and over 200 pounds) divisions. Awards will be presented to the top three competitors in each of those divisions.
For more information or to register online for the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series at James Island County Park, visit www.ccprc.com/csts. This event is presented by Commonwealth/Brown & Brown, Premier Physical Therapy, and hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission.