Triathlon season begins in Park City on Saturday |

Triathlon season begins in Park City on Saturday

Tiny Tri and East Canyon Triathlon taking place

Jacob Peterson nears the finish line during the Echo Triathlon two years ago. This years Echo Triathlon will take place on July 8.

Athletes in the Park City area are chomping at the bit to get the triathlon season going. With three physical activities — running, biking and swimming — all thrown into one race, triathlon races are right up most Parkites' alleys, since they live in an active, outdoorsy town.

The long winter season, however, doesn't leave triathletes much time to train. But with two races set for this Saturday in the area — the PC MARC's Tiny Tri and TriUtah's East Canyon Triathlon — it's time for participants to check the bike chains, break in the running shoes and perfect swimming strokes.

"We have an increase in participation this year so far," said Dan Aamodt, TriUtah's Race Director. "We're trending at over 20 percent increase in participation this year. We're really excited for this year."

Aamodt added the beautiful scenery the Park City area offers and the knowledge Parkites bring to the races makes targeting this area for a race a no-brainer.

"The Park City athletes are more in tune with the sport, per se," Aamodt said. "It's an outdoor town. A lot of serious athletes live there versus the recreational ones. We love Park City."

And though there are two triathlons going on this weekend, they couldn't be more different. The TriUtah East Canyon Triathlon, which begins at the East Canyon Reservoir, is for the more-serious athletes.

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There are two biking options: Olympic or sprint. Both are challenging, but the sprint is downhill and fast, while the Olympic route is more technical and includes two tough hills before the downhill into Morgan City. The swim route will start in the East Canyon Reservoir marina on the north end of the lake, while the run will go along the Weber River.

The Tiny Tri at PC MARC is meant for kids. The local facility will utilize its pool and the streets in surrounding neighborhoods to put on a triathlon for kids aged 7-16. The event will also celebrate the upcoming Olympic Day, which is held annually on June 23.

"Park City recreation’s Tiny Tri, an Olympic Day event, is the best way to start off your summer season," PC MARC's Karen Yocum said. "It is short, sweet and a great beginning for kids who have never done one."

Whether it's the Tiny Tri or the East Canyon Triathlon, both are encouraging those who have never participated in such an event to do so this season. In fact, TriUtah is offering a new program called Try-A-Tri.

In this new initiative, if one hasn't competed in a TriUtah race in the last three years, the organization will cut the racing price to $50. This offer also extends to triathlon beginners.

Aamodt said this offer has been a hit early on.

"I've probably given out roughly 100 codes for registration at that price," Aamodt said. "[We want to] encourage people to try and participate in a triathlon, either as an individual or as a relay. We're focusing on that."

Other triathlons that TriUtah plans to host in the area this season will be the Echo Triathlon (July 8) and the Jordanelle Triatholon (August 12). The group will also host a championship triathlon race, The Brineman Triathlon, on Sept. 16.

For information on any of TriUtah's races this season, visit for more information. The East Canyon Triathlon is scheduled to start at 8 a.m, while the Tiny Tri will begin at 9 a.m.