Saturday, June 14, 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 in its 24th year of challenging athletes to the area's premier swim, bike and run event at James Island County Park. The series' second race is open for registration and will take place on June 15.
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 was kicked off on May 18, and the remaining four races will be held on 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 Ten 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 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 coed.
For each race, 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 remaining races in 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.