Three Cheers for the Philly Tri!

Support local triathletes at the PHLYTRI this weekend

Just in case you don’t already know, the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon is happening this weekend. If you’re even the teensiest, tiniest bit curious about what it might be like to do a tri yourself one day, we recommend rolling out of bed early and drinking your second cup of coffee on the sidelines of this event (you’ll probably need the first to get out the door; things are starting early to get a jump on this heat).

Check out the  Sprint Triathlon (.8K swim/25.3K bike/5K run) and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, or stop over on Sunday to support the competitors of the Olympic-distance Triathlon (1.5K swim/40K bike/10K run). Participants will start with a dip in the Schuylkill, and then bike and run along Martin Luther King and Kelly Drives. The top three Elite Amateurs and the top 10 Age Group Amateurs will qualify for the championship Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon in Dallas.

After the race, stick around for the post-race celebration, from 10AM-2PM, for a little food and music. Just make sure to recycle those plastic bottles and cans. The PHLYTRI is recognized as one of the 10 greenest races in the U.S., putting forth its best efforts to reduce the waste that 10,000 runners can often leave behind. The Streets Department will be placing hundreds of recycling bins throughout the event areas of the course to cut down on the amount of trash produced this weekend.

Think it sounds fun? Registration is closed for this year’s race, but you can sign up for the 2012 PHLYTRI at this year’s event. Learn more at