Triathlon featuring new things

FAIRMONT – Fairmont Triathlon will provide a friendly atmosphere for athletes to test their biking, swimming and athletic prowess on June 15.

Patrons of the event should expect a few changes to their routine, whether they compete in the Olympic category, the Liz Gomez Sprint or the Mini race.

Gomsrud Park will serve as race headquarters, as usual, but the routes are all new, due to construction on Lair Road bridge.

According to organizers, the changes are for the better.

For the 24.8-mile Olympic route, bikers will have a bigger loop, with less repetitive scenery than in the past. They will head east on Lair Road, turn south on County Road 41, and then west on County Road 8 before turning north again on County Road 10, to County Road 37, to County Road 39. A short jaunt on County Road 20 will bring them back to County Road 41.

“That’s going to be a fast finish,” said triathlon committee member Phil Hanson.

Other changes at this year’s triathlon will be a competition among the spectators. Committee member Laura Larsen is setting up cheer stations on different points of the race, and participants will vote after they are done competing on which stations they liked the best.

“They do it at the Mankato marathon, and it’s awesome,” Larsen said.

For more information, Larsen can be reached at (612) 247-5962.

As in the past, proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Minnesota. Register online at or

The Olympic race will start at 8:30 a.m., and includes a 1.5K swim, a 40K bike, and a 10K run. The sprint starts at 9:30 a.m., with a quarter-mile swim, a 20K bike and a 5K run. Youth will start at 9 a.m., swimming 25 yards, biking 5K and running 1K. Individuals will compete against peers in their age category, and teams also can sign up for the Olympic competition.