LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – For the first time, older athletes can vie for qualification to the National Senior Games in the sport of triathlon at this year’s Nevada Senior Games.
The 2018 Las Vegas Triathlon sprint race, set for Saturday, Sept. 29, will be the Nevada Senior Games’ state qualifying race for individual athletes ages 50 or better for the 2019 National Senior Games. The Nevada Senior Games is partnering with BBSC Endurance Sports, a multi-sport race producer of events in Colorado, Nevada, and Utah to welcome triathletes from Nevada and around the United States.
“We’re so pleased to work with BBSC and offer triathlon for the very first time,” said Executive Director James Terry. “The Nevada Senior Games is now in its 39th consecutive year providing opportunities and motivation for older adults to participate in competitive sport, and improve their overall health and fitness.”
The Las Vegas Triathlon will take place within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, about 30 minutes from Las Vegas. Starting and finishing at Boulder Beach, the race features a 750-meter open water swim, a hilly yet scenic 20K bike ride, and an out-and-back 5K run on groomed dirt and paved roads. All Nevada Senior Games’ individual triathletes who finish the sprint will qualify for the sport in next year’s National Senior Games.
“The Las Vegas Triathlon will serve as a perfect qualifying race for the National Senior Games,” said Cedric Keppler, BBSC Endurance Sports race director. “Not only are water temperatures perfect during that time of year, but the course is extremely fun, beautiful, and safe. With an extensive water support crew, medical team, and experienced volunteers, we guarantee an amazing race experience for all athletes.”
BBSC Endurance Sports is offering a 20% discount on the sprint triathlon’s registration fees for all senior triathletes who sign up as Nevada Senior Games participants. To take advantage of that discounts, athletes must first register online on NevadaSeniorGames.com beginning Feb. 1.
“The Las Vegas Triathlon is a great race to test yourself and still finish with a big smile on your face,” said Bonnie Parrish-Kell, the Nevada Senior Games’ triathlon coordinator. “I’ve done this sprint race before so I know how challenging it can be, no matter your fitness level. With this triathlon, when you cross the finish line, you’ve qualified for a national competition. I can’t tell you how gratifying and exciting that is!”
The National Senior Games is a 19-sport, biennial competition for athletes ages 50 or better. In order to participate, athletes must first meet their sport’s specific criteria while competing in a state senior games’ qualifier. The 2019 National Senior Games will be held June 14-25 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Relay Teams Welcome
Senior swimmers, cyclists, and runners are also welcome to participate by forming two- or three-person relay teams. The teams will compete for Nevada Senior Games’ awards and personal glory.
Make it a Family Affair or “Race-cation”
Athletes and their “under age” training partners and family members can enjoy a day of competition and camaraderie. Open to all ages, the Las Vegas Triathlon offers three triathlon distances (sprint, Olympic, and long course), a long-course duathlon (run-bike-run), and a long-course aquabike (swim-bike). Conveniently located adjacent to Lake Mead N.R.A. is the Hoover Dam Lodge Hotel & Casino where out-of-state visitors can stay and later explore Las Vegas and southern Nevada areas. The hotel is offering special room rates for Las Vegas Triathlon athletes.
About the Nevada Senior Games
Since 1980, the Nevada Senior Games has provided motivation and inspiration for people aged 50 or better to reach their health and fitness goals. Offering 23 sports in Olympic-style competition, the organization provides opportunities for seniors to enjoy the thrill of competition and the camaraderie of their fellow participants.
The Nevada Senior Games, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
About BBSC Endurance Sports
Since 2003, BBSC has promoted healthy living and physical fitness by providing race management services for people of all ages and abilities. Based in Boulder, Colorado, the company produces more than 20 annual multi-sport and running events of varying distances in scenic, vacation destinations in Colorado, Nevada, and Utah.
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