Major League Triathlon coming to Nottingham Park
Colorado’s first ever Major League Triathlon Mixed Team Relay race will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday in Nottingham Park.
Major League Triathlon is the first and only professional triathlon league in the U.S. The eight city-aligned teams compete in a mixed gender team-based relay, where each person on each team will finish all three disciplines of triathlon (swimming, biking and running) before tagging their next teammate. The first team to have all four teammates cross the finish line wins.
The Mixed Team Relay format was recently announced as the newest addition to the Olympic medal events in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This will be the first professional Mixed Team Relay event held in the USA since the announcement. MLT will have some of the top professional athletes in the world racing including Olympians and World Champions. All of the action will take place in Nottingham Park in Avon within a 1-mile radius. Come cheer on Avon’s own professional team, the Colorado Peaks, including local pro, John O’Neil who grew up right down the road from Nottingham Park.
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In conjunction with the race, MLT is hosting an all-day festival in Nottingham Park that includes beer and wine gardens, food vendors, a vendor expo, game zones, a Strider bike adventure zone for kids and much more. The festival opens at noon with a free family fun run through the park and the music festivities will go on all day beginning at 1 p.m. with a performance by the Tenth Mountain Division band.
Head for the Hills will be the headliner for free music festival on Saturday.
“We are thrilled to have Head for the Hills headline a trio of outstanding bands which will be performing at the Avon Performance Pavilion in Nottingham Park on Saturday. We have put together an exciting and innovative day which begins at noon and goes until 8:00 p.m., and we invite everyone in the greater Vail Valley area and beyond to join us,” said MLT’s Daniel Cassidy.
The Drunken Hearts, which have been described as “an electric force of Americana music” will perform as the opening act for Head for the Hills after the MLT pro race.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.