Big Horn Canyon Triathlon returns this Saturday

David Peck

Following a five-year hiatus, the Big Horn Canyon Triathlon will return to the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area this Saturday.

Formerly organized by Ben Zeller, the Lovell Recreation District is sponsoring the triathlon this year, with Zeller playing an advisory role.

The triathlon will be held July 6 at Horseshoe Bend, with check-in from 6:15 to 7:15 a.m. and the first segment, swimming, starting at 7:30 a.m. at the swim beach. There are two divisions: Adult, age 16 and up, and Youth, under 16.

According to Lovell Rec Director Kristine Henley, transitions will take place up the hill from the swim beach at the volleyball court area, with cyclists and runners departing from the marina parking lot.

Competitors in the Youth Division will swim 400 yards, Adults a half mile.

The next segment is the bicycling, with cyclists riding to the park road, Highway 37, then turning north (right) until a turnaround spot near the State Line Trail, which includes a water station. Riders will return to Horseshoe Bend for the running segment. Youths ride six miles and turn around sooner. Adults ride 10.2 miles.

Big Horn County Search and Rescue will be on hand to guide traffic on Highway 37 during the bicycle segment and will also have a boat in the water to monitor swimmers.

Runners will proceed north into the Horseshoe Bend Campground, past Loop A and B and the amphitheater, past the water tank and uphill to Crooked Creek Bay, running a loop and returning to the finish line. Youth will turn around at about the water tank, Henley said.

Participants may sign up at Fees are $45 per individual and $85 for a team. For more information, contact Lovell Rec at 548-6466.