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Amateur, seasoned athletes gear up for Hemet holiday tradition

 

Last updated 12/5/2018 at 10:49am



HEMET - Amateur and seasoned athletes are preparing for a lot of running, biking and swimming this weekend during Hemet's 33rd annual "Tinsel Triathlon.''

The morning-long event, set to start at 9 a.m. Sunday, begins and ends at West Valley High School on Mustang Way. It's expected to draw several thousand competitors, though some are only likely to participate in one or two segments of the course.

Contestants will be challenged to power through a 19-kilometer cycling race along Domenigoni Parkway, run a 5K course around the high school and swim 150 meters in the school pool to reach the finish line, according to organizers.

In some cases, teams will be engaging in a relay-style exercise, using different people for individual segments.

"It's a great first triathlon that anyone could train for and compete in, as well as a full-gas challenge for seasoned veterans,'' according to tinseltriathlon.com .

People of all ages can compete, though waivers have to be signed ahead of time. Physically disabled athletes are permitted to use hand cycles in the triathlon. Entrance fees are $135 per person, regardless of age.

The Hemet Police Department will be shutting down Domenigoni Parkway to westbound traffic between Searl Parkway and Winchester Road for the event. Sanderson Avenue will also be closed from Domenigoni to Thornton Avenue, with additional closures on portions of Cawston Avenue and Mustang Way.

Detours will be in effect, and all closures will be lifted by 1 p.m., police said.

 

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