Rudyard Lions Summerfest Triathlon
Reported July 11, 2002 by the Sault Evening News
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

RUDYARD --The sixth annual Rudyard Lions Summerfest Triathlon will be held July 28.

The event is open to anyone and consists of a 5K run, a 24K bike ride, and a 500-meter swim.

The format of the event makes it especially attractive for first-time triathletes, event director Tom Piippo said. The event is run in a reverse order of the traditional triathlon, meaning that the swim comes last instead of first. The swimming will also take place in the Rudyard High School pool instead of open water.

The use of the pool eliminates the usually chaotic start often associated with such events, where anywhere from 50 to 1,500 athletes line up on a beach at the start of the swim.

"A lot of body contact usually accompanies the start of a triathlon," Piippo said. "This is the type of contact that intimidates even the experienced triathlete. In this format, athletes will enter the pool at different times, depending on how fast they are in the run and the bike, so there may be only one or two swimmers in a lane at a time."

The event will start in the Rudyard High School parking lot, off 3rd Street in Rudyard at 9:30 a.m. on July 28. On-site registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the high school cafeteria. The entry fee is $32, unless registration is received before July 15, in which case it will be $27. All USA Triathlon rules apply and helmets must be worn on the bicycles. There will be T-shirts for all participants, age-group awards for men & women divisions, and award for relay teams (two or three people) in all male, all female, and coed divisions. Drawings for door prizes will be held during a potluck lunch before the award ceremony, immediately following the race.

For more information or early registration contact Tom Piippo at 478-5331 or 478-5541.