The 12th annual Pioneer Power Sprint Triathlon & 5K, hosted by the Texas Woman's University soccer team, returns to the campus of Texas Woman’s University July 22 in Denton.
The race is back on campus after a year away due to the 2017 construction of Bell Avenue. The sprint triathlon, a USA Triathlon (USAT) sanctioned event, is scheduled to begin at 6:45 a.m. and will feature a 200-yard swim, a 16.1-mile (26 km) bike ride, and a 3.1-mile run. The registration fee for the sprint tri is $75.00 from now until July 3 and $89.00 from July 4 through July 22.
The sprint triathlon will also include a team competition for the sixth year in a row. The team competition will consist of three divisions – male, female, and coed. This is not a relay, as each team member will do all three components of the sprint tri. The overall race times of the three team members will be added together to determine a final team time. The team with the lowest total time in their division will win team trophies. Racers that participate on a team are still eligible for overall and age group awards. The team registration fee is $165.00 from now through July 3 and $175 from July 4-22. Several hundred athletes competed in the 2017 Pioneer Power Sprint team competition.
The 5K is open to both runners and walkers and will start at 7:30 a.m. The registration is $30.00 from now until July 3 and $35.00 from July 4-22. Overall and age group awards will be given out for the 5K.
Dallas Athletes Racing will produce the 2018 Pioneer Power Sprint Triathlon & 5K under the supervision of race director Dan Jones. Multisport enthusiasts in the North Texas area will recognize Dallas Athletes as the company responsible for highly regarded local events such as the St. Patrick's Day, Caveman, TexasMan, Disco, and Monster triathlons.
Over 3,700 athletes have participated in the first 11 editions of the Pioneer Power Sprint. Profits from the 2018 Pioneer Power Sprint Triathlon & 5K will benefit the TWU soccer team.
Head Soccer Coach Babak Abouzar and the Pioneer Soccer Team is looking forward to the race. "This is a fun event that we enjoy putting on every year. We’re excited about having the Triathlon and 5K back on campus this year. The run course has been changed up a bit, and the cyclists will enjoy riding on the new pavement on Bell Ave."
Competitors in the 2018 Pioneer Power Sprint Triathlon will receive a tech shirt, performance socks, and a medal. Racers that take part in the 5K will receive a tech shirt and performance socks. The post-race party will feature free food and drink (including the world-famous Dallas Athletes pancakes), awards, giveaways, and vendor booths.