AVON — The BecTri, a sprint-distance triathlon, will be Saturday in Harry A. Nottingham Park in Avon.
The BecTri starts at 8 a.m. with a 400-meter swim in Nottingham Lake followed by an out-and-back 15-kilometer bike ride through Edwards’ Singletree neighborhood and finishing with a 5K run along the Eagle River recreational path.
The triathlon is held in memory of Rebecca Lynn Yarberry, a local triathlete and friend who passed away in a car accident in 2007. Yarberry had a generous heart, a loving spirit and a passion for triathlons.
This race supports the charitable cause Becky was passionate about, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. In its seventh year, the race honors her spirit by fostering a race environment that is encouraging to everyone, regardless of skill level.
The open-water, high-altitude swim in Nottingham Lake is back after a hiatus in 2013 when the lake was drained for repairs.
“The swim portion of this event draws a huge crowd from out of town participants looking for such a challenge,” said Michelle Maloney, VVCF executive director.
In addition to the sprint triathlon, two new events have been added in this year, a 5K walk/run and Kids Duathlon.
“By adding these two new events, participants of all abilities and age level can come out and join the fun,” Maloney said.
The 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. and follows the same course as the triathlon 5K. The Kids Duathlon will travel around Nottingham Lake; one lap biking and one lap running. The kids event will begin at approximately 10 a.m.
For the sprint triathlon, the bike course heads west from Avon through Edwards’ Singletree neighborhood, returning to Avon via U.S. Highway 6.
The event finishes with a 5K run that follows the recreational path along the south side of the lake connecting with the scenic Eagle River Path at W. Beaver Creek Blvd. This is an out-and-back running course. Racers need to be at the race venue by 7 a.m. Parking is located in Beaver Creek’s Bear Lot. A silent auction will also be held in the park before and during the race.
Sponsors include Vail Valley Medical Center, Vail Summit Orthopedics, Team Sea Turtle and the town of Avon. Medals for the top-three finishers in each age category are sponsored by the Vail Daily.
Additional information on the BecTri can be found at www.bectri.com. Registration rates are $65 for individuals; $90 for a two-person team; $110 for a three-person team; and $30 for the Kids Duathlon and 5K. Online registration is available on active.com through today. Last-minute registration is available at the Avon Recreation Center on Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed on race day, 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.