The last of the summer’s three triathlons visits greater Williamsburg this weekend. If it finishes on time, it will avoid a potential conflict with one of the area’s most popular events – the annual Kiwanis Shrimp Feast.
Saturday’s Patriot Half Triathlon includes a 1.2-mile swim, a 13.1-mile run and, most important to locals, a 58-mile bike ride. A smaller event on Sunday features a 750-meter swim, 20K bike ride and a 3.1-mile run.
Like earlier races this year, the bike course will impact a few roads in James City County, with most of the biking portion held in Charles City County. Specifically, Greensprings Road and Route 5 between Centerville Road and the Judith Dresser Bridge will experience congestion as cyclists head out and return. Likely times for congestion are between 7 a.m. and noon.
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As almost 1,000 athletes head into town this weekend for the Rev3 triathlon, officials are trying to head off the widespread outrage race-related traffic snarls sparked last year.
“Our main concern is letting our residents know which area is going to be congested,” said county spokeswoman Renee Dallman. “The majority of the race is going to be in James City County, and we’re hoping any disruptions are going to be minimal compared to last year.”
And while more than 900 people have signed up for the race on Sunday, that’s down to about half of last year’s attendance.
“Last year it was written up by Triathlon Magazine as the most-anticipated race of the year,” said Bob Harris, vice president of tourism with the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance. “Part of it last year was first-year excitement. A lot of people doing this were doing it for the first time, and without a lot of experience with triathlons.”
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WILLIAMSBURG – Eric Limkemann, a professional from Richmond, won the inaugural Rev3 half triathlon Sunday in a total time of 3 hours, 30 minutes and 11 seconds, about six minutes ahead of fellow pro Richie Cunningham of Colorado.
The amateur division was closer. James Chesson, of Bedminster, N.J., beat Jeremy Howard, ofBridgeport, Conn. by a little more than two minutes, with a time of 4:21:26.
The races were much closer in the women’s divisions. Among the pros, Kelly Williamson, of Texas had a time of 4:23:29, just 16 seconds ahead of Margaret Shapiro, of Herndon.
Among women amateurs, Carly Johann, of Los Angeles beat Alyssa Godesky of Baltimore by 42 seconds with a time 4:49:57.
To cover a total distance of more than 70 miles in only a few hours by swimming, biking and running, positive thinking doesn’t hurt. Neither does the encouragement of your friends and fellow sufferers. There was plenty of both at the Rev3 half triathlon.
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Thousands of out-of-town visitors will be here this Saturday to participate or simply watch the Rev3, a half triathlon event.
Organizers are expecting 1,400 athletes to compete in the event, which combines a 1.2-mile swim with a 56-mile bike race and a 13.1-mile run.
Revolution3 Triathlon series is ready for several of the top professionals in the world to appear on the start line this Sunday in Williamsburg, including all of the series contenders. Three of the top five men from REV3 are back on the East Coast in historical Williamsburg for what is sure to be a challenging and fast course. In the women’s field, Kelly Williamson stands out as the favorite on paper, and race day should showcase some younger athletes striving for that coveted podium. With $50,000 prize purse and $5,000 in primes, the pace is sure to be as hot as the temperature.
Estimates are that 84 percent of the participants are from outside the region spanning Hampton Roads to Richmond. Participants represent 49 states and six foreign countries, according to Bob Harris, executive vice president for tourism of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance.
The Rev3 is an accomplishment of Sports Williamsburg, a subgroup of the chamber that markets the area for sporting events. And, in a way, it serves as an audition for the area.
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Revolution3 Triathlon is excited to announce a new race in Williamsburg, Virginia. On June 23, 2013, Revolution3 will hold a Half and Olympic Distance race steps away from historic Colonial Williamsburg. Pro and age group athletes are invited to compete in both distances. For the Professional athletes, cash prizes and series points will be awarded.
The half distance consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run, while the Olympic distance consists of a .9 mile swim, 28 mile bike and a 6.2 mile run. The swim will take place in the James River, near the historic Jamestown Island. Athletes will then transition to the bike portion of the race, an out and back course that meanders through the quaint countryside of James City County and finishes on the campus of the College of William and Mary. The course is mostly flat, with a few rolling hills to keep you honest. From there, the run course loops around the City of Williamsburg and back through the college campus. Like the bike course, the run is mostly flat, with a few hills scattered throughout. Athletes will finish in heart of William and Mary and just steps away from some of the most historic sites within the United States.