By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– More than 400 athletes and hundreds more spectators are expected to converge on Apple Valley September 24 for the seventh annual Reverse Triathlon.
The event will start with a 5K run, transition into a 12-mile bicycle ride and finish with a 150-yard swim. Children can participate in a shortened version with a three-quarter mile run, one-mile bicycle ride and 50-yard swim. All adult athletes will receive a T-shirt and medal for finishing.
“The majority of our athletes come from the High Desert, but we draw from all over California, and some come as far away as Virginia,” said Recreation Supervisor Andy Shoup.
To ensure everyone’s safety, the following streets will be closed between 6:30 and 10:15 a.m.:
- Dale Evans Parkway from Civic Center Park to Waalew
- Dale Evans Parkway/Bell Mountain Road from Waalew to Corwin
- Waalew from Corwin to Navajo
Access to Highway 18 will still be accessible through either Rancherias or Corwin to the west and Navajo or Flathead to the east. Citizens on Patrol volunteers will help residents that live within the closure areas navigate safely to one of the detour points. For the safety of the athletes, please do not drive on Dale Evans Park without a COP escort.
The Reverse Triathlon is just one of many competitions produced by the Town’s Park and Recreation Department.
“As our events increase in popularity it has become important to improve our parks system by adding active use amenities to each park. This is something that has been a struggle to provide in recent years due to the economic downturn,” said Shoup. “Fortunately, we have received generous sponsorships for this event and others from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Walmart, Victorville Motors and Nature’s Bakery that help us continue to provide these activities to our community and improve our parks.
For more information or to register for the event call (760) 240-7880 or visit www.AVRevTri.org.