3 locals among field of “extreme” triathletes

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 13:49

A trio of triathletes have signed up for what promises to be one of the most extreme endurace races of the summer.

Eagle River’s Britta Anderson, Tyler Boyd and Sara Kennedy are among 234 entrants in the inaugural Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon, a monster of a race that will send competitors on a 2.67-mile swim from Miller’s Landing to Waterfront Park in chilly Resurrection Bay, followed by a 113.5-mile bicycle ride from Seward to Bird Creek, and topped with a 27.5-mile run that includes two trips up Mt. Alyeska and 6,000 feet of elevation gain.

“It will literally take everything you’ve got to reach the finish,” says the course guide.

The event has attracted worldwide attention, with entrants from at least 12 foreign countries, including Mexico, Canada, Australia, Italy, Iceland, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Scotland, the Netherlands and Finland. There are also representatives from at least 25 U.S. states, with the most hailing from Alaska (57), Texas (43) and California (19).

The event begins early Saturday morning, with a post-event awards ceremony the following day. For more information, visit the event website at akxtri.com.

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