Door County will be full of serious endurance athletes this weekend for the 14th Door County Triathlon.
The triathlon is staged at Murphy Park in Egg Harbor, where three events will take place July 14 and 15. First up Saturday morning is the Sprint Triathlon, which includes a .25-mile swim, 18-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile run. The sprint course takes place entirely on Bay Shore Drive, with cyclists turning around at George Pinney County Park.
After the sprint event ends, more than 400 youth athletes ages 6-14 will compete in the Kids Triathlon. Kids race on a short swim course with more than 20 lifeguards guiding them around the course before taking on bike and run courses of different lengths for four age groups. Kids Triathlon finishers get a t-shirt, ice cream sundae, and age group awards for top finishers.
Sunday’s half iron event tests the mettle of even the most hardened athletes. Competitors complete a 1.25-mile open water swim, 56-mile bike ride that takes riders down Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, through the countryside of Sevastopol, and eventually back to Bay Shore Drive and Murphy Park.
Once back at the park, participants take on a 13.1-mile run course down White Cliff Road that takes them up two incredibly difficult bluff climbs on Harbor Heights Road and Bluff Pass.
Drivers should note that access to Murphy Park and Bay Shore Drive will be limited throughout the weekend, especially during the half iron event Sunday.
More than 300 volunteers will help guide more than 2,000 athletes to the finish line during the weekend in an event that raised $92,000 for local charities in 2017, including $35,000 each to the Door County YMCA and Friends of Door County Parks.
The Sprint Triathlon is full, but athletes may still register for the Half Iron and Kids Triathlons on race weekend. Visit doorcountytriathlon.com for more information or to volunteer.