Once again, the Race on the Rock Triathlon, hosted at and sponsored in part by Western Wyoming Community College, has been awarded the designation of Talent ID Series Race by USA Triathlon. This year’s event will be held at the Rock Springs campus on Saturday, Aug. 27, beginning at 6 a.m. in the Aquatic Center.
USA Triathlon uses Talent ID Series Races around the country to identify potential future Olympians and future members of Team USA in the competitive sport of Triathlon. Youth racers between the ages of 13 and 19 compete for points during the summer in order to be included in that Olympic pipeline.
Last year, Western played host to approximately 20 youth racers from New Mexico, Texas and Colorado, all vying for Olympic berths in either 2016 or 2020. Many of these young competitors will return for Race on the Rock 2016.
In total, approximately 70 racers ages seven and up competed in last year’s Race on the Rock, and organizer Traci Ciepiela, who is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Western, said she expects about 100 competitors to visit campus for this year’s event.
The Race on the Rock offers a number of options for competitors: an Olympic Distance Race; a Sprint Distance Race; a Duathlon option for those who would like to participate but cannot swim; and the Youth Divisions. Racers will receive a t-shirt for entering and a medal for finishing, with additional prizes for top finishers.