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Leadman Epic 250 Adds Oregon Race

Life Time Fitness has announced that the Leadman Epic 250 will return to Las Vegas, Nev. in 2012, and the series will expand into Bend, Ore.

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Life Time Fitness has announced that the Leadman Epic 250 will return to Las Vegas, Nev. in 2012, and the series will expand into Bend, Ore.

The 5km swim is a unique part of the Leadman 250 races. Photo: Jeff Bottari

The Las Vegas date is set for Saturday, May 19, while the Bend race will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The Leadman Epic 250 races are made up of unique triathlon distances, totaling 250km. The race puts a special emphasis on the first two legs of the race, with athletes being forced to complete a 5km swim and a 223km bike. The run totals 22km.

“We are excited to expand our ultra-distance triathlon platform to the Northwest, which enjoys a vibrant and active endurance community,” said Kenneth Cooper, vice president, Life Time Endurance. “In growing this new category of triathlon, we wanted to provide endurance athletes with the perfect platform for competing in multiple long-distance events with a strong focus on the non-impact elements. We look forward to bringing this series to Las Vegas and Bend in 2012.”

Las Vegas (May 19)

Last year’s Las Vegas race was won by pros Jordan Rapp and Angela Naeth. Vegas features a swim in the shadow of Dead Man’s Island, a bike through the Valley of Fire State Park and a trail run that navigates the Hoover Dam trail system. The course also features more than 7,000 feet of climbing and a peak elevation of 2,600 feet in Boulder City.

The Vegas date will once again feature a half-distance race, known as the Epic 125.

PHOTOS: Inaugural Leadman 250 Triathlon

Bend (Sept. 22)

Jordan Rapp won last year's Vegas race. Photo: Jeff Bottari

The Inaugural LeadmanTri Epic 250 Bend will feature a two-lap swim in Cultus Lake, a bike around Mount Bachelor and a trail run through Tetherow Country Club along the Descheutes River. The course will boast nearly 5,000 feet of climbing and a peak elevation of 6,200 feet ending in the Old Mill District of Bend.

With the race still 11 months out no pro field has been announced, but local pro Matt Lieto is already committing to his hometown race.

Lieto made the announcement on Twitter. “Pumped to say I was 1st to sign up for @lifetimefitness @leadmanepic250 BEND! So excited this event is coming 2 my home.”

Registration is now open for both events. Click here to register. Visit Leadmantri.com to learn more.