The 28th annual Loggerhead Triathlon sold out in two weeks this spring, ensuring a field of 600 participants for Saturday’s race at Carlin Park.
The event, sponsored for the seventh year by the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, features a 3/8-mile swim off Carlin Park, a 13-mile bike ride along A1A into Juno Beach and a 3.1-mile run to Jupiter Inlet and back to Carlin Park, located at 400 A1A.
Participants range in age from 7-70.
“In speaking to area athletes, this is one of their favorite long-time, community-produced local events,” said Hannah Sosa, the chamber’s director of communications and special events. “This year, about 200 of the 600 registrants are first-timers.”
The field for Saturday’s race, which begins at 7 a.m., includes 10 members of the Reback family, long known for their success in local triathlon and running competitions, as well as Jupiter town council member Ilan Kaufer.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers overall and in each age division.
The competition will be preceded Friday by the ninth annual Health and Fitness Expo at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, 5 North A1A.
The free event is open to the public and includes a vendor expo featuring 30 local businesses that specialize in sporting goods and automobiles, health foods and other industries important to a healthy lifestyle.
Triathletes can pick up their participant packets during the event, which runs from 3-8 p.m. Participants new to the Loggerhead Triathlon also are invited to attend one of two first-timer seminars, which will be held at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
“Participants can get their race materials, packets and bibs at the expo,” Sosa said. “We also have vendors from area businesses — health and wellness related businesses — giving away samples of their products or giving out information.”
For information, visit www.npbchamber.com.