Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon

Posted: June 20, 2012

What: More than 3,500 people are expected to compete in the eighth annual Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon this weekend in Fairmount Park. There is no charge to watch.

When: Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, starting at 7:30 a.m., 1,500 people are scheduled to compete in a sprint distance triathlon - 0.9-kilometer swim, 24K bike and 5K run. At 1 p.m., more than 150 children are set to participate in a fun run and duathlons. The start, transition zone and finish is on Martin Luther King Drive at Black Road. The expected first finish is at 8:45 a.m.

On Sunday, starting at 6:30 a.m., 2,000 people - 40 professionals, including Andy Potts, Cameron Dye and Matt Reed - are set to compete in the international distance race - 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run. The start is at St. Joseph's University Boathouse on Kelly Drive, and the transition and finish are on Martin Luther King Drive at Black Road. The expected first finish is at 8:20 a.m. The award ceremony is set to begin at 11:30 a.m.

Big picture: The triathlon also serves as the second race in the 2012 Life Time Fitness Series Race to the Toyota Cup. The series consists of seven events across the United States.

Purse: The record-breaking pro field will compete Sunday for a prize pool of $40,000, plus $5,000 in premiums for the fastest swim, bike and run splits and the points in the Race to the Toyota Cup.

Parking: For both days, park on the roads around the Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall in West Fairmount Park and walk to Black Road.

Beneficiaries: The Cancer Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is the main charitable beneficiary of the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon. Other charitable partners include Challenged Athlete Foundation and Cadence Cycling Foundation.

- Inquirer staff

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