Amateur and seasoned athletes will be sweating it out Sunday in Hemet for the 34th annual “Tinsel Triathlon,” replete with running, biking and swimming just north of Diamond Valley Lake.
The morning-long event is set to start at 9 a.m. and begins and ends at West Valley High School on Mustang Way. It’s expected to draw several thousand competitors, though some are only likely to participate in one or two segments of the course.
Contestants will be challenged to power through a 19-kilometer cycling race along Domenigoni Parkway, run a 5K course around the high school and swim 150 meters in the school pool to reach the finish line, according to organizers.
In some cases, teams will be engaging in a relay-style exercise, using different people for individual segments.
“This is the perfect venue for anyone who has always wanted to be a triathlete,” according to the event website, tinseltriathlon.com. “What better way to get your game on?”
People of all ages can compete, though the minimum age is 5 and contestants must sign waivers ahead of time. Physically disabled athletes are permitted to use hand cycles in the triathlon. Entrance fees are $145 per person and $210 per team. Those in the “Challenged Athlete Division,” including wheelchair-dependent competitors, are offered discounts, organizers said.
The Hemet Police Department will be shutting down Domenigoni Parkway to westbound traffic between Searl Parkway and Winchester Road for the event. Sanderson Avenue will also be closed from Domenigoni to Thornton Avenue, with additional closures on portions of Cawston Avenue and Mustang Way.
Detours will be in effect, and all closures will be lifted by 1 p.m., police said.
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