The 2015 Pigman Long Course Triathlon will be a one-of-a-kind, fan-friendly event when triathletes start the swim at 7:30 a.m. on August 16th.
Spectators will be able to view the swim, cheer bikers multiple times at a set point on the four-lap bike leg and encourage their favorite triathletes on to the finish on the four-lap run, which will be held entirely within Pleasant Creek State Park on a closed course.
“We know of no other triathlon that will be this spectator friendly,” said John Snitko, president of JMS Racing Services and Pigman Long Course Triathlon Race Director.
The Pigman Triathlon consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run.
The bike portion will go outside the park on a course that will take bikers past spectators twice per lap, Snitko said. During the run, participants will pass the transition area at the completion of each lap.
Snitko said there will be spectator areas set up so friends and family members can cheer comfortably and multiple times throughout the race.
“Fans will be able to either stay in one spot, or easily move throughout the park,” Snitko said. “The fact that Pleasant Creek State Park will be closed to traffic not only makes for a better race for athletes, it makes for a much better spectator experience.”
Snitko said there also will be a special VIP section for spectators.
“Details on that are still being worked out and will be announced shortly,” he said. “Stay tuned — if you’re a spectator, you won’t want to miss prime seating, and if you’re an athlete, you’ll want your family and friends in the best position possible to cheer you on.”
This will be the 18th consecutive year for the Pigman Long Course Triathlon.
“The response we’ve received from triathletes has been tremendous,” Snitko said. “As one one-time competitor said, ‘keeping us in the park will provide shade, variety and a lot of support …’”
In order to make sure the new course works to perfection, race entries will be limited to 500 this year, Snitko said.
“We’ve taken as many as 800 in years past,” he said. “In coming years we may open up registration back to that level. For now, we want everyone who races, and watches, to have the best experience possible, so we’re limiting registrations.”
A total prize purse of $4,950 will be divided amongst the overall winners and the fastest mixed club.
Due to the improvements in the Pigman Long Course, we’ve decided to suspend the Olympic Distance so that we can concentrate on making the Long Course race experience the best possible.
To register for the race and get more information, go to www.pigmantri.com