Triathlon to Roll Through Ave Maria Saturday, Jan. 10

Published on Monday, 05 January 2015 20:54

Triathletes will again be riding through Ave Maria as part of the HITS Triathlon Saturday, Jan. 10.

There will be two waves of cyclists Saturday. In the morning, from about 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., about 350 participants in the half triathlon, will be turning around on Oil Well Rd. at the entrance to Ave Maria. Police will be blocking traffic and there will be an aid station passing out nutrition.

About 70 full triathletes will be coming into Ave Maria for miles 80-86 of their 112 mile bike ride. They will be entering at Oil Well Rd., riding up Ave Maria Blvd, circling the oratory and then going back down Ave Maria Blvd. to the Oil Well Rd. entrance. Most will be riding through from noon to 2:30 p.m. but some may be as late as 3:30 p.m. Annunciation Circle will be closed to traffic for the duration of the race.

Organizers are asking that if possible, drivers stay off the roads during the peak hours and people are encouraged not to park on Ave Maria Blvd from 11:30 to 3:30.

People interested in volunteering can contact Joanne Leary by email, text or phone call at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 239-220-6042.

Those who officially register as volunteers with Joanne before the end of the day Thursday, Jan. 8, will receive a HITS tshirt and Donahue students can earn volunteer hours.

The full triathlon is a 2.4-mile gulf swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run, all of which must be completed within 18 hours.

The half triathlon is a 1.2-mile gulf swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run.

More information is at the event's website available by clicking here.