Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hardcore Triathlon to Debut in Bend Next Year

The Leadman Tri Life Epic 250 triathlon comes to Bend in 2012.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Do you like swimming, running and biking for insanely long distances? Well, if you said yes, you're going to be pumped to know that the Leadman Tri Life Epic 250 is coming to Bend in September 22, 2012.

What is this, exactly? Good question. The 250 in the name indicates to total amount of kilometers an athlete drags his or her body during this big race.

It breaks down thusly: a five-kilometer swim, a 223-kilometer bike and a 22-kilometer run. Add those numbers together and you've got 250 kilometers.

This is arguably more hardcore than the famed Iron Man Triathlon, given the more arduous amount of biking.

Here's the route, according to the press release announcing the event.

LeadmanTri Bend features a swim in idyllic Lake Cultus, a bike around dormant volcano, Mount Bachelor, and a breath-taking trail run through Tetherow Country Club along the Deschutes River. The course also features nearly 5,000 feet of climbing and a peak elevation of 6,200 feet ending in the Old Mill District of Bend.

UPDATE: I just corrected the spelling of "triathlon," which I misspelled here several times because, well, I was busy training for my future as a professional triathlete.

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