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Taking place in Fairmount Park, the largest urban park system in North America, on a completely closed course, the 11th running of TriRock Philadelphia (formerly the PHLY Tri) is an awesome chance to race in an urban setting. The sprint-distance (Saturday) race and Olympic-distance (Sunday) race will have an estimated 3,500 total athletes participating. The swim takes place in the wide, beautiful Schuylkill River, and the bike takes you on two loops (for the Olympic distance) past the historical house museums, called the Charms, which are considered among the most significant architectural examples of the American Revolutionary time period. “It’s hard to believe you’re racing in downtown Philadelphia!” says local race director Barb McKeever.
The run course is well supported with crowds of spectators and multiple aid stations. And the layout of the course—with one transition and the finish line nearby—it’s perfect for spectators to cheer on their athletes through multiple legs of the course without going far. And there’s a finish line concert and post-race celebration after both races.
In addition, the 2015 Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon Presented by Philadelphia Insurance Companies will be one of the few Olympic-distance races in the nation where age-groupers will be racing with pros, as most short-course triathlons have eliminated professional prize purses. This race will be offering a $25,000 professional prize purse with $6,000 going to each of the professional winners as part of the PHLY Cup.
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What: TriRock Philadelphia
Where: Philadelphia, Pa.
When: June 27–28, 2015
Distance: Sprint (800-meter swim, 15.7-mile bike, 3.1-mile run) on Saturday; Olympic (1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run) on Sunday
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