If you go
What: 2017 JBLM Pacific Pathways Triathlon
When: Aug. 19. Race bib pick-up 6 to 7:15 a.m. Race starts at 7:30 a.m.
Where: Shoreline Park, Shoreline Beach Road, Lewis North
To learn more: Call 253-967-4768, or visit jblmmwr.com/races
The idea of swimming about 750 meters, then going to ride a 14K bicycle course of 12.4 miles and then run an additional 5K of 3.1 miles might sound like a physically daunting task.
The 2017 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Pacific Pathways Triathlon Aug. 19 at 7:30 a.m. at Shoreline Park can be considered an introduction to short-distance triathlon events due to the beginner-friendly course design.
“The bike (portion) is fairly flat, and two-thirds of the run is along the lake, which has trails and softer roads for a little less pounding on the body,” said Bruce Antonowicz, director of sports, fitness and aquatics for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and lead coordinator for the triathlon.
Unlike other JBLM races that utilize space on Lewis Main, the triathlon takes advantage of American Lake and the trails near Shoreline Park for an easy, visually-appealing course.
And while the triathlon is open to individual athletes both on and off the installation, there is also a team option for two to three athletes to divide the three portions. Antonowicz said some athletes might be apprehensive about swimming, but this option offers a solution.
“(Perhaps) somebody’s a swimmer and a cyclist, but they have bad knees and can’t run,” Antonowicz said. “They can build a super-stacked team with a cyclist, a swimmer and a runner.”
The Pacific Pathways Triathlon is the third and final leg of the local Triple Threat Triathlon series, which included the Lacey’s Black Hills Triathlon in June and the Lakewood SummerFest Triathlon in July.
The JBLM event still has a few spots open for those who didn’t sign up for the series.
There are currently more than 250 participants signed up, including the ones who are part of the Triple Threat series.
The late registration period ends Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. Runners will not be guaranteed a T-shirt in their size if they missed the early registration period.
The fee for signing up from now to Wednesday is $35 for individuals with a military ID and $45 for those without. The fee for teams of two or three is $60 with valid military ID and $70 without.
Registration for the Pacific Pathways Triathlon will not be open the day of the race, but interested runners who miss the late registration deadline will have one more opportunity during the race bib pick-up Aug. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Shoreline Park — if there are remaining spots.
The day-before registration prices are $45 for individuals with a military ID and $55 for those without. Teams will pay $70 with military affiliation and $80 without.
For more information about the event, visit jblmmwr.com/races, or call the JBLM Intramural Sports Office at 253-967-4768.