By Timothy P. Howsare
Athletes say they love the Bottomless Triathlon because of the short distances, beautiful lake water and scenic course.
Now in its 31st year, there are plenty of athletes who can say they have competed in the race.
The triathlon begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Bottomless Lakes State Park, 13 miles east of Roswell.
Late registration ends Friday at the Holiday Inn Express, where athletes can pick up race packets from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $45 for individuals and $60 for relays. It is free for athletes under the age of 18.
A triathlon is a three-stage event in which each athlete swims, bike rides and runs. Athletes at Saturday’s race will begin with a 400-meter swim in Lea Lake, followed by a 14K (8 mile) bike ride on the park’s perimeter road and then end with a 4K (2.5 mile) run.
Shorter triathlons, such as the Bottomless, are often called sprint triathlons.
For more information, call race director Jan Olesinski at 575-937-6196 or visit facebook.com/BottomlessTriathlon.