Smyrna hosted a pair of practice sessions for a local triathlon group this summer at Lake Como, and now the town might be ready to take the next step as a triathlon venue. If interest turns into reality, Smyrna might be getting its own triathlon race in the near future.

 


Smyrna hosted a pair of practice sessions for a local triathlon group this summer at Lake Como, and now the town might be ready to take the next step as a triathlon venue.

If interest turns into reality, Smyrna might be getting its own triathlon race in the near future.

“It’s definitely a possibility,” said Jim Hutchison, coach for the Central Delaware YMCA’s Triple Threats triathlon team. “Our group would very much like to do something at Lake Como. It’s a great place.”

“If the town wants to do it, then I’d say there’s a good likelihood we can make it happen,” he said.

The Triple Threats held two successful practices at Lake Como this summer, and now they’re interested in having a real event here.

There’s also interest on the town’s part.

Town Manager Dave Hugg said that hosting a triathlon would be beneficial for the town, but the details on how it would be organized and sponsored still need to be worked out.

“These kinds of things bring spectators, they bring the athletes themselves, and they make good use of the town’s facilities,” he said. “It introduces the Town of Smyrna to another group of people.”

Hutchison said his triathlon group plans to work in conjunction with Smyrna Parks and Recreation, but it’s still up in the air how a potential triathlon would be organized.

The Triple Threats are also planning to partner with a race event management company, which would handle things like registration and timing the race.

Hutchison also wants to get the event sanctioned by USA Triathlon.

A new Smyrna triathlon could happen as soon as the spring of 2009.

Hutchison said he’s looking at a date in late April or May because it would fill an open spot on the calendar for the local triathlon circuit.

He said Smyrna would be a good location for a triathlon because the town is centrally located in the state.

Hutchison also said Lake Como is ideal for the swimming portion of the triathlon.

“It’s certainly one of the best ponds in the state,” he said. “The water is great.”

Hutchison said a Smyrna triathlon would be a “sprint triathlon,” with a quarter or half-mile swim, followed by a bike ride of 15-20 miles and ending with a 5K run.

Residents interested in the Triple Threats triathlon group can contact the Central Delaware YMCA at (302) 674-3000.