Retro Triathlon

Organizers of Sunday's Tributary Retro Triathlon are encouraging people to wear retro attire like this guy sporting an Atari T-shirt at last year's event.

Special to the Sentinel

The national Retro Tri Series is back in Douglasville.

The second annual Tributary Retro Triathlon begins Sunday morning in the Riverbanks community, which is part of Tributary off Riverside Parkway. Tony Hammett, a USA Triathlon coach and certified race director who lives in Douglasville, brought the nine-race Retro Tri Series to Tributary last year. The triathlon is being directed by Hammett and the Peak Racing Team.

"As a Douglasville resident, triathlon coach and race director, I was searching for a great local community in which to conduct the race," he said. "I knew Tributary was an active community and had the resources that allowed for a shorter, super-sprint triathlon. After meeting with the community and its leaders, it was hands-down our number one choice."

The registration fee is $35. If the adult participant is not a member of United States of America Triathlon, there is a $12 one-day membership fee.

"We have a few spots still open and will allow participants to register race morning from 6 to 7 a.m.," Hammett said.

While the triathlon will be the traditional swim, bike and run competition, the distances for all three disciplines will be a lot shorter than a regular triathlon.

"We expose and educate athletes to the multisport lifestyle in a low-key, exciting, safe and fun environment," Hammett said. "We create an inviting atmosphere where athletes can meet others with similar interests. This event is perfect for first-timers, seasoned veterans and those looking to stay active."

The Douglasville race is one of 12 retro triathlons in the country and the only one being held in the Southeast.

The swimming portion of the Retro Series event will take place in the pool in the Riverbanks Community. Participants will swim 300 yards back and forth.

"Athletes will swim in a 'snake like' fashion, moving up and down the lanes and eventually ending up on the other side of the pool," Hammett said.

Then the triathlon will turn to biking along Riverside Parkway, before finishing with a run through the Tributary community.

The shorter distances are part of what makes the triathlon retro, according to Hammett. In keeping with the retro theme, organizers are encouraging people to wear retro attire to the event at Tributary, which means participants will probably see a lot of mesh tops and Speedos.

"We have already heard about planned attire and look forward to seeing what the participants decide to wear," Hammett said.

Additionally, awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each age group. Registration is open to youth ages 13-and-up as well as adults of all ages.

"This year we are giving out finisher T-shirts, sunglasses croakies and finisher medals," Hammett said. "We have not only age group awards but overall male and female awards, too. Additionally, we are giving out the 'Best Dressed' award based on who dons the best Retro attire. We look forward to continuing this fun event in 2016."

For more information, visit http://peakracingteam.com/retro-tri/.

Contact Amanda Thomas by email at amanda@douglascountysentinel.com or by phone at 770-942-6571 ext. 226.

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