BATAVIA – About 800 people will swim, bike and run Sunday in Batavia to raise money for local charities.
The 11th annual ET Batavia Triathlon and Duathlon will be at various locations throughout the city. Last year’s event raised $27,500 for the The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Batavia MainStreet, the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, Batavia Fireworks Committee and the Batavia Bike Commission.
"We are hoping to exceed that amount this year,” race director Joe LoPresto said. "We try to give back to the local community."
The event will start with a 400-meter swim at the outdoor, unheated pool at Quarry Beach Park, followed by a 14.7-mile bike loop and 4.1-mile run along the Fox River.
Participants can compete in one of three races – the triathlon, a duathlon or a triathlon relay. Spectators are encouraged to watch anywhere along the course.
The event will be held rain or shine, except if there are unsafe weather conditions, LoPresto said.
"Right now, the weather is looking very good, with temperatures in the mid- to upper 70s, not too hot, not too cold," he said.
Motorists should expect increased bicycle traffic between 6 and 10 a.m. on both Main and Wilson streets, Route 31 and Randall, Bliss, Seavey and Nelson Lake roads. In addition, they should anticipate increased runner traffic between 9:30 and 10 a.m. on Shumway and Island avenues and at the intersection of Wilson Street and Island Avenue.
There will be a complete road closure on Main Street between Route 31 and Van Nortwick Avenue between 6:30 and 9 a.m. for the safety of bike course participants.
In conjunction with the triathlon and duathlon, there will be a Kids’ Dash, a noncompetitive event for children 8 and younger, and the ET Batavia Splash and Dash, a youth event that combines running and swimming. The focus is on participation rather than competition.
In addition, a youth triathlon has been added this year as part of the race.
"We're trying to have something for everybody in the family," LoPresto said. "We try to position it as a family, healthy lifestyle event."
Dr. Brian Babka, part of the Cadence Physician Group who specializes in sports medicine, is participating in Sunday's triathlon. He also participated in the event in 2009.
"I think it is a great way to stay fit," Babka said. "I like the cross-training part of it."
He had a few tips for race participants, including making sure they get a good night's sleep before the race, as well as eating a decent pre-race meal consisting of low fat, complex carbs and good lean protein. Babka also advised participants not to stress out too much.
"We all need to remember that it is supposed to be fun," Babka said.
Information about Sunday's ET Batavia Triathlon and Duathlon is available at its website, www.bataviatriathlon.org.