Sprint Triathlon kicks off May 18

  • Saturday, May 17, 2014

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 24th 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 18.

The Charleston Sprint Triathlon is a five-race series that spans May through August. 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 2014 series will be held on May 18, June 15, July 6 and July 27, with the Championship Race set for Aug. 10.

More than 30,000 athletes have raced in this swim-bike-run series since it began in 1991. The Charleston Metro Sports Council has named the series as one of the “Top 10 Charleston Signature Sport Events.”

Races begin at 7 a.m. with a 600-yard freshwater swim in the lake at James Island County Park, continue with a 12-mile bike ride through the park and out and back on Riverland Drive, and finish with a flat 5K run. Participants must be comfortable swimming 600 meters in open water and riding a bicycle on roads open to traffic.

CSTS offers participation and awards throughout a variety of divisions. CSTS is partnering with the Team Floyd Brace Phoenix Athletes and Limbs Without Limits to recognize mobility-impaired athletes who will participate in this year's series. Local high schools will participate in the high school team competition during each of the five races. A school may field a team of three to five athletes, ages 12-19, in one of three divisions: boys, girls and co-ed.

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 more than 200 pounds), Athena (women more than 150 pounds) or Masters Clydesdales (men over age 40 and more than 200 pounds) divisions. Awards will be presented to the top three competitors in each of those divisions.

A discounted registration fee is offered for multiple race registrations. For more information or to register online for the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series at James Island County Park, visit www.charlestoncountyparks.com/csts. This event is presented by Commonwealth/Brown and Brown, Premier Physical Therapy and hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission.

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