The Bud Light Triathlon kicks off at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, but for the first time in seven years, it won't be at the Inner Harbor. Instead, the starting gun will be fired in Delaware at Lums Pond State Park, about 30 miles south of Wilmington.
The triathlon, which sold out almost every year in Baltimore, moved to New Castle County, Del., because the race had outgrown the city, said Kara Lovelace, public relations director for CAT Sports, which runs the event.
"Our races were getting so big that we were having problems getting street closures," Lovelace said. "We felt it was time to try a new location, one that would be better logistically. Delaware is more of a rural
site -- it's beautiful, scenic, there's no traffic and it's diverse from the urban, city-type races."
Open to amateurs and professionals, the race consists of a 1.5-kilometer swim (.9 mile) in Lums Pond, 40-kilometer bike race (24.8 miles) along country roads and 10-kilometer run (6.2 miles) along trails through Lums Pond State Park.
There are 27 age groups and relay divisions, including a new juniors division for 15- to 20-year-olds.
While the amateurs compete for awards, top national and international professional triathletes compete for $5,200 in prize
money and points for the season-long $200,000 Coke Grand Prix.
Carol Montgomery of Canada and Jimmy Riccitello of Tucson, Ariz., are the series leaders. Montgomery is the highest-ranked woman in the Coke competition and won seven events in 1991. Riccitello is the favorite to win the men's race after finishing first in the opening leg of the series in Phoenix on May 17.
After Delaware, the series travels to San Jose, Calif., and finishes seven races later in Las Vegas.
Facts and figures
What: The 1992 Bud Light Triathlon Series -- a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run open to amateurs and professionals of all age groups.
When: Tomorrow. Race begins 7:30 a.m. for professionals and 7:45 a.m. for amateurs.
Where: Lums Pond State Park in New Castle County, Del. (about 30 miles south of Wilmington). Take I-95 North to Route 896 S.E. Go approximately five miles south on 896 and look for a small blinking light and a sign on the right for the park. Turn left on Howell School Road. The park is on the right.
Entries: Registration is open 9-5 p.m. today. . Entry fees are $60 for adults, $30 for juniors and $75 for relay teams. Call (619) 221-5555 for more information.