Myrtle Beach Triathlon around the corner (Update: Olympians win)

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Update 10/10:  Jarrod Shoemaker and Gwen Jorgensen were the winners of the State Farm Myrtle Beach Triathlon.  Jarrod was in the 2008 Olympics and Gwen will participate in the 2012 games.

Pre-race, Gwen Jorgensen tweeted, " I will bring my cyclecross bike for sure...but will also need some tips for races! can't wait"

On Saturday, following the triathlon, Jarrod Shoemaker tweeted, "Really excited for the win in Myrtle beach. Long hard season excited to be back racing and happy!"

Congratulations to all participants!  You can find a race report over at WPDE.

Update 10/3: This Saturday, October 8th is the Myrtle Beach Triathlon and that means there will be a  road closure.

A press release from the Horry County Police Department in part reads: 

Hwy. 31 Northbound only will be closed between the Hwy. 501 exit to the Watertower Road exit.  The road will be closed from the hours of 6:00am until 2:00pm. 

And it's not too late to volunteer for the Myrtle Beach Triathlon, just head on over to the Chamber of Commerce's blog and let them know you want to help out

If you'll be at the triathlon, either volunteering or rooting someone on, and you're a part of the social media craze known as Twitter and or Facebook make sure to Tweet your pics with the Hashtag #MYRpix and or #MYRtriathlon also post the pics of links to our Facebook wall

First Report 9/2:  The State Farm Myrtle Beach Triathlon will be held on Saturday, October 8 at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. This is the last in a series of six races designed to prepare the US Triathlon Olympic Team for the London 2012 Games. 

Myrtle Beach, along with Clermont, FL, Monroe, WA, San Francisco, Miami, Burlington, VT and Buffalo, NY were chosen to be host cities for the year long USA Triathlon Elite Race Series. 

The Facebook Event for the Myrtle Beach Triathlon states:

Myrtle Beach is one of the most exciting triathlon venues we have seen in the sport. Closed bike and run courses highlight the incredible effort the city and county have put forth for this event. The event will host the USAT Club National Championships and the Halfmax National Championship. Both Championships will be staged on the same day. 

To register for the triathlon head over to their page, the last day to register for the triathlon is today, September 2, 2011. However, 350 volunteers are needed as well and you can find out more information on volunteering over at the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce blog.

Event Highlights:

  • Start Times: 

- 7:30 am - Halfmax First Wave Starts 

- 8:30 am - International First Wave Starts 

- 10:00 am - Sprint First Wave Starts

• Event Classifications: Halfmax, International & Sprint Triathlons

• Event Distances: 

  • Halfmax Distance ( Halfmax Championship): 1.2 Mile Swim - 56 Mile Bike - 13.1 Mile Run 
  • nternational Distance: 1000 Yard Swim - 28 Mile Bike - 6.5 Mile Run 
  • Sprint Distance: 750 Yard Swim - 10 Mile Bike - 3 Mile Run

Race Categories: 

  • Male & Female Age Groups: 5-Year Increments (19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80 & Over) 
  • Clydesdale 39 & Under (Males 200+ lbs.) 
  • Clydesdale 40 & Over (Males 200+ lbs.) 
  • Athena (Females 150+ lbs.) 
  • International Distance Relay Teams - All teams will compete in the same category. We will award the Top Three Teams.

Award Information: 

  • Awards will be presented to the Top Overall Male and Female Champions as well as the Top Three in each Division. 
  • The Top Three Relay Teams will also be awarded.