The 13th Annual Three Rivers MultiSport Series will reach the halfway mark of its six-event series Saturday with the Righteous Richland Sprint, a swim-bike-run challenge that will begin and end at Howard Amon Park.
The chip-timed event starts at 8:30 a.m. with a half-mile swim in the Columbia River waters alongside the park. Race organizer Eric Greager said all possible precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the participants.
“We’ll have Columbia Basin Dive Rescue and a safety crew in kayaks,” he said. “The water is up and moving faster than usual.”
After completion of the swimming leg, participants will resume the race with a 12-mile mountain bike ride down Bradley Boulevard and through Chamna Nature Preserve.
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But the land race has thrown organizers and volunteers a few curveballs.
“Part of the mountain bike course has been modified because the Yakima River has flooded out major portions,” Greager said.
“It’s been interesting. People have been sending pictures of trails at Chamna, and they’re up to their knees or deeper in the water. We’re not going to make people ride through that.”
The final leg of the race is a three-mile run along the footpaths south of the Howard Amon Park.
The scheduled course closure time is 11 a.m.
Participants can begin picking up their race packets at 6:30 a.m. and must attend a pre-race meeting at 8 a.m.
The sprint is the third event in the Three Rivers multisport six-part series that began in April with the Rage in the Sage mountain bike duathlon and continued in May with the Fiasco in Pasco road bike duathlon.
The series will pick up again with the Power of Pasco triathlon Aug. 4. It will continue with the Aquaman duathlon Aug. 17 and wrap up Sept. 1 with the Titanium Man triathlon.