Several hundred athletes will hit on Waupaca County roads and city streets Saturday, Aug. 20, as they race to complete the 11th annual Waupaca Area Triathlon.
Local law enforcement will direct traffic and event volunteers will be stationed at key intersections between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. The triathlon will start at 7 a.m. at South Park.
Long course competitors will begin with a half-mile swim in Shadow Lake. Following them, short course racers will swim a quarter mile. After first completing the swim in Shadow Lake, the triathletes will bike a 20-mile course heading south out of town on Berlin Street (County Road E) and turn west onto Spencer Lake Road.
The long course riders will then head south on East Road. Three miles later, they will turn right onto Crystal Lake Road and return to Waupaca on County Road K and Crystal and Shadow roads.
Short course riders, whose bike route is 12 miles, will leave town via County E and turn right on Spencer Lake Road as well. But they will stay on Spencer Lake Road until they merge with the long course on County K heading north. All riders will cut over on Danielson Road to Crystal and Shadow roads and return to the park on State Highway 22.
The long and short course routes will be discussed at course talks all participants are encouraged to attend at South Park Friday afternoon and evening. South Park will again serve as the start, finish and transition area for the triathlon.
While the triathlon is under way, motorists will be discouraged from entering town on Highway 22. Instead they will be detoured to the Churchill Street or Fulton Street exits off of U.S. Highway 10. Those who must enter town on Highway 22 should proceed cautiously. Orange cones will delineate a lane for the cyclists. A block before South Park, motorists will be directed up High Street to downtown Waupaca.
After the bike portion of the event, the racers will rack their bikes at South Park, don running shoes and head back out on Main, Lake and Berlin streets. The runners will then turn left on Park Street. Short course racers will follow a two-mile course by turning left on Seventh Street and left on Demarest Avenue before turning right on Berlin Street and returning to the park via Lake and Main streets.
The long course, which includes a three-mile run, will have competitors continue on Park Street, turn right on Ninth Street, left on Riverside Drive and left on 10th Street. Four blocks later, they will turn left on Royalton Street, left on Eighth Street, right on Demarest Avenue and back to Berlin, Lake and Main streets to the finish line.
The Waupaca Area Kids Triathlon will take place Friday, impacting traffic around South Park for about 90 minutes starting at 5:30 p.m. Because the vehicles of many participating families will be parked along Washington Street, local residents should plan on using High Street at that time.
Complete information about the triathlon course can be found at www.waupacaareatriathlon.com.