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2015 Memphis in May Triathlon returns to Edmund Orgill

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Memphis in May-76The 33rd annual Memphis in May Triathlon Weekend returns to Edmund Orgill Park in Millington, Tenn., May 15 – 17. This year’s event, which was last held at Edmund Orgill Park in 2009, is expected to draw nearly 1,500 local, regional and national athletes and fitness enthusiasts. An Amateur Challenge with a $5,000 prize purse will be paid to the top 15 male and female athletes who participate in both triathlon events. The Challenge consists of the lowest total combined time in both the Sprint Triathlon and the Olympic Distance Triathlon.
For the first time in the history of the event there will be a new division open only to Active Duty Military and Reserves. Members of any branch of military service are encouraged to participate in an exclusive division of the Sprint Triathlon and Olympic Triathlon which includes awards for male and female age group, masters, relays, wheel chair and para-athlete categories.
A Sports Expo will be held at the race site on May 15 and 16 with more than 50 booths of the latest in sports products.  The Expo will also house event registration and packet pickup overlooking Casper Lake in Orgill Park. Orgill Park is located on Bethuel Road off Navy Road in northwest Shelby County.
“We are thrilled to return to Millington for this year’s event,” said Pam Routh, MIM Triathlon race director.“This event happens through great community support. Our partners − the City of Millington, Millington Chamber of Commerce, the Millington Police Department and the Millington Naval Air Station Moral, Welfare and Recreation Department − have extended a huge welcome mat to us.”
Six years ago, when the Triathlon was last held in Millington, the events had an economic impact of $1.5 million to the local economy through the race weekend, according to an independent survey by Younger & Associates.
Triathlon events kick off on Friday, May 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. with the Sports Expo. Event participants can register in person and pick up their packets while shopping and viewing the newest in sports gear, bikes, clothing and footwear. Health and fitness clinics will be presented on nutrition, bike fit and running and swimming techniques. The Sports Expo continues on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The MIM Sprint Triathlon begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 16.  A sprint triathlon is a short-distance triathlon, ideal for competitors who are new to the sport. The sprint is a 1/3 mile swim, 12-mile bicycle ride and 3 mile run. “Because sprint triathlons require less training, they have become popular with beginners,” said Routh.
The MIM Olympic Triathlon Race begins at 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 17.  The Triathlon includes swimming .93 miles (1.5K) in Casper Lake, biking 24.8 miles (40K) in Edmund Orgill Park and the area surrounding the park, then returning to the transition area and running 6.2 miles (a 10K) in and around the park.
Routh explained that the Memphis in May Triathlon was originally part of the annual Memphis In May festival, but the festival stopped producing sporting events 1990. “Local athletes bought the rights to use the name ‘Memphis in May Triathlon’ and have continued the event ever since,” said Routh, adding that this is one of the longest continuing triathlons in the country. Previous winners have represented the United States at the Olympics, Hawaii Ironman Triathlon Championship, USA Triathlon National Championships and Triathlon Worlds”, Routh said.
The Memphis In May Triathlon Sports Festival relies on hundreds of volunteers over the three-day weekend. Volunteers receive a T-shirt and wrist band for the hospitality tent for food and beverages. “Groups have partnered with us in years past to include their organization for service projects,” Routh said. “We invite community groups to volunteer and assist with registration, packet pick up, water stops and other race activities.”
For information on sponsorships, to be a Sports Expo vendor or to volunteer, visit www.memphisinmay.racesonline.com or contact Pam Routh at 550-2114 or pamrunsraces@gmail.com.

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