Cited as one of the world’s ‘10 Best Urban Races’ by Triathlete Magazine, the Life Time Minneapolis Triathlon will celebrate its 10th anniversary on 9 July 2011. In honour of this milestone, race organiser Life Time, continues to redefine the triathlon experience by bringing back its signature ‘Equalizer’. This innovative competition format allows pro women to start ahead of pro men by a predetermined amount of time, based on past course results.
Additionally, Life Time will host the North American Junior Triathlon Invitational, a new event for juniors ages 12-17. Junior participants will swim 0.25 miles, bike 15 miles and run 3.1 miles.
Registration for the 2011 Life Time Minneapolis Triathlon closes on 30 June.
Commemorating the 10th anniversary, Minneapolis-based illustrator Adam Turman, known for his art prints of iconic city landmarks, cycling scenes and pinups, has designed an exclusive print for Life Time Minneapolis Triathlon participants.
Plus, finishers will be recognsed with distinctive medals and trophies, created by Life Time exclusively for the 10th anniversary.
The Life Time Minneapolis Triathlon begins and ends at Minneapolis’ Lake Nokomis. The bike course navigates along the iconic Mississippi River and ‘City of Lakes’ before returning to the Lake Nokomis transition area. The event concludes with a run around Lake Nokomis to the cheers of thousands of spectators.
“Ten years ago, Life Time launched the Minneapolis Triathlon with a goal of growing participation in and recognition of the sport,” said David Schutz, Life Time Minneapolis Triathlon Race Director.
“Moving forward we will continue to expand triathlon events and formats in line with our Healthy Way of Life Company vision, while providing best-in-class experiences for the thousands of athletes we serve.”
Launched in 2002, the triathlon quickly became internationally renowned and known by pros and amateurs alike as a must-do event highlighted by its beautiful course through the Twin Cities landscape, best-in-class athletes, spectacular experiences, hospitality and record setting professional prize purses. Today, the event continues to draw top professional triathletes from around the globe, along with thousands amateurs and elites.
Part of the 2011 Life Time Triathlon Series, the Life Time Minneapolis Triathlon serves as the fourth leg in the Race to the Toyota Cup. The series’ total professional division cash purse includes US$584,000 in individual race awards. In addition, a 2011 Toyota vehicle and the coveted Toyota Cup will be awarded to the top female and male champions at the Toyota US Open Triathlon in Dallas, which serves as the series finale championship on 2 October 2011.