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Challenge yourself with triathlons in Folsom, El Dorado Hills

By: Matt Long, Folsom Lake Entertainer
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By Matt Long folsom lake entertainer August is the perfect month to cross triathlon off your bucket list. The Folsom Olympic Triathlon, along with the Folsom Long Course Triathlon and the Folsom Sprint Triathlon, brings in nearly 1,500 participants between the three events, which are slated for Aug. 18-19 at Nimbus Flat State Park. For the younger athletes, the Iron Hills Youth Triathlon will be held Aug. 25 at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. This event is for athletes 15 years old and younger. The Folsom Olympic Triathlon, which will be held at 7 a.m. on Aug. 19, is in its 10th year. While the event draws many people locally from Folsom and El Dorado Hills, as well as the Sacramento area, most of the competitors are from the Bay Area, according to Race Director Ryan Boelho. ?I?d say 60 percent of the participants come from the Bay Area,? Boelho said. ?Triathlon is the largest growing endurance sport and I hope to get at least 1,400 people up there, but so much is going on in August and on top of that people are taking vacations.? Boelho, who works for USA Productions, puts on the event along with several other triathlons. The Folsom Olympic Triathlon represents the final race of the series in which the winner of the Triathlon Club Challenge is decided, another reason why the Folsom event is popular. It?s not the only reason why it?s popular, though. ?The water is the biggest thing,? Boelho said. ?The clean water coming out of the Sierras is great and it?s a beautiful venue. Many competitors enjoy flat and fast courses and the Folsom course is that. The weather is also beautiful. At the end of the day, the venue, the time of year and it being our final event make the event the cornerstone in our series.? Iron Hills Youth Triathlon Aug. 25 marks the 11th year of the Iron Hills Youth Triathlon. About 200 kids 15-and-younger turn out for the event. ?I?d love to see an increase in that number,? said Race Director Dr. Todd Drybread. ?We put on a lot of these events and I?d like to see younger kids get into it.? The young competitors not only are competing against one another, but also have a challenging course in front of them. The youngest group, kids 6 and under, must swim 25 yards, bike six-tenths of a mile and run two-tenths of a mile. The 7-8 and 9-10 athletes must swim 100 yards, bike 3.3 miles and run eight-tenths of a mile, while the oldest group, the 11-12 and 13-15 years olds, swim 200 yards, bike 5.9 miles and run 1.4 miles. The top-three boys and girls in each division receive trophies. ?This is probably my favorite event to put on,? Drybread said. ?I love to see the kids doing something other than the typical ball sports. For kids that aren?t into team sports, this is a great way for them to challenge themselves, set goals and achieve.? Teri Gotro, recreation supervisor at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, added, ?Quite often it?s difficult to find these youth events, but the Iron Hills Youth Triathlon is an opportunity for young athletes to excel in several ... areas including swimming, biking and running.? Drybread said many people like the closed course at the CSD, which keeps the athletes safe and also makes it easier for parents to watch their kids participate. ?The course is also a little more challenging than other kids? races and that?s another reason why kids like this event,? Drybread said. Follow us at facebook.com/folsomlakeentertainer. ----- KNOW & GO Iron Hills Youth Triathlon When: Aug. 25 Where: El Dorado Hills Community Services District Time: check-in begins 7 a.m., races start at 8:30 a.m.; 6-and-under race begins at 9:30 a.m. Folsom Olympic Triathlon When: 7 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 19 Where: Nimbus Flat State Park, Folsom Folsom Long Course Triathlon When: 7 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 Distance: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1 mile run Folsom Sprint Triathlon When: 7:45 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 Distance: ½-mile swim, 14-mile bike, 3.1-mile run