Triathlon Coming to Bend in 2012

Life Time Fitness has announced that they will be hosting a triathlon in Bend next year.  The race will be held Saturday, September 22 starting at 7 a.m. with a 5k swim across Cultus Lake, a 223k bike course around Mt. Bachelor and ending with a 22k run near Tetherow.  Called the Leadman Tri Life Time Epic 250 the race is a little different than many triathlons in that they try not to put such an emphasis on running which they say is the most physically damaging aspect of ultra-distance triathlons.  There is no mention in the press release about how many competitors are expected but the race is capped at 750 entries.  Athletes can compete individually or as teams.  Here is the press release from Life Time Fitness:

As host to numerous World and National Championship events every year, Bend, Oregon is becoming the epicenter for America’s elite outdoor athletes. In 2012, LeadmanTri Life Time Epic 250 Bend proudly joins that group.

LeadmanTri Life Time Epic 250 is expanding! After the critical and professional accolades lauded on the inaugural LeadmanTri in Las Vegas, our second season will include events in both Las Vegas and Bend, Oregon.


Race director Keith Hughes is clearly very excited for the 2012 race season to get started “In thirty years of racing around the world and a decade of directing races I’ve never been as excited for an event as I am for the Epic 250 in Bend.” Stated Hughes at the Bend, OR press conference. “I am determined to find a way to both race and direct Bend in 2012, this is simply the World’s best triathlon course!”

Activities and adventure. Sights and sounds. All of this and more await LeadmanTri participants in beautiful Bend, Oregon. The Outdoor Jewel of the Northwest, if adventure is your pastime, Bend is the venue. For skiing, snowboarding and cycling there is Mount Bachelor. Waterskiing and wakeboarding are focused on Cultus Lake or Lake Billy Chinook. And World Class golfing can be found at Tetherow, Crosswater or Aspen Lakes. Plus mountain biking trails and the scene-stealing Cascade Lakes Highway are perfect for two-wheeled past times.


LeadmanTri Bend is scheduled for the weekend of September 21-23, 2012. Registration will open on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.


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