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The beginning of August means one thing — SWIM, BIKE, RUN.

For the 36th straight year, Sportspectrum’s Rivercities Triathlon will draw 1,200 triathletes from around the country to northwest Louisiana for three events Sunday, Aug. 7.

The first wave of competition is a half mile swim at Cypress Lake in Benton. Competitors will take off at 7:30 a.m.

RivercitiesTriathlonLogoNext, triathletes will bike 18.2 miles around Cypress Lake. The running portion is a 3.1 mile trek along the shaded roads of Cypress Lake park.

An extreme race party for all race participants will be held immediately following the event.

“We are very excited to be in our 36th year of the race,” said Matt Brown, race director.

In addition to the race director, only one other person has been part of all 36 Rivercities Triathlons. Brown volunteered the first year, competed in the second and third years and has been race director since year four. Triathlete Sandy Triplett has competed in all 35 editions of the prestigious event.

“As race director over the past 33 years, I have seen the race grow in many ways. It’s quite an honor to be part of the oldest and largest triathlon in the south,” Brown added.

The event weekend kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, with the IronFish Kid’s Triathlon. Approximately 250 mini triathletes will swim, bike and run in two divisions. The 7-10 year old division will swim 100 yards, bike 5 kilometers and run 1 kilometer. The 11-15 year old division will swim 200 yards, bike 10 kilometers and run 2 kilometers.

Registration will be available until Friday, Aug. 5, at either the new Sportspectrum store on the corner of Fern and 70th Street in Shreveport or online at www.sportspectrumusa.com.

Volunteers are still needed for this event. Those interested in helping should contact Matt McVicar at (318) 798-1241.