For the first time in my almost seven years living and working in Idaho Falls, I will get to cover the annual Multisport Weekend at Rigby Lake. I haven’t covered a triathlon in six years and I’m excited to see the biggest one I’ve heard about since I’ve lived here.
I spoke to Gray Augustus of Bill’s Bike and Run today for a preview of it and how things have been going entering Augustus’s second year helping to organize it.
The Medal Stand: Multisport weekend is here
This time last year, Gray Augustus, of Bill’s Bike and Run, was making final preparations for his first year directing the annual Multisport Weekend at Rigby Lake.
A year later, Augustus is grateful to have not had to scramble, and for numerous helpers for this Saturday’s 13th annual event.
“It’s actually went really well,” Augustus said.
Tuesday by phone. “Shirts, medals and things like that, we’ve been able to order them months in advance. That’s worked out really well. We have a few employees that are helping us now. We’ve been able to distribute the work load.”
Augustus said registration numbers as of Tuesday afternoon were down a little from last year, but 12 states will be represented Saturday.
“We still have a pretty wide spread of athletes,” Augustus said. “It will be interesting to see how this week pans out and if we have any last minute registration. Any time you have the holiday in the middle of the week, it puts a kink into travel plans.”
Several local participants are among those registered, as well as returning past participants. Augustus said Stephanie Liddle, owner of Performance Physical Therapy, and her entire family are registered. They have not missed the event in its history.
The event was formerly directed by the late Michael Hays, Personal Best Performance’s Founder. Hays created the Torchbearer Award for the Rigby Triathlon, which Augustus and his team have continued to distribute.
“It goes to an athlete who just symbolizes hard work and dedication,” Augustus said.
Race start for Olympic distance triathletes and aquabike athletes is 7:30 a.m. while sprint distance triathletes and duathlon athletes begin at 8:30 a.m. The aquabike consists of a 1-mile swim and 24-mile bike ride and the duathlon consists of 3.1 mile run followed by a 12.4 mile bike ride and another 3.1 mile run.
Coming up locally
The 22nd annual All-American Sawtelle Stampede half marathon, 10k, 5k run/walk and kids 1k takes place Saturday in Island Park. Start times are 7 a.m. for the half marathon, 8:45 a.m. for the kids run and 9 a.m. for the 5k and 10k.
The Thor’s Mud Run 1.5-mile run takes place Saturday at Eagle Park/Nature Park in Rexburg. The first wave of participants will begin at 10 a.m. with the next waves following every 20 minutes.