Participants dismount their bikes at a past Ripon Medical Center Triathlon.
Participants dismount their bikes at a past Ripon Medical Center Triathlon.

   Athletes competing in the Ripon Medical Center Triathlon Sunday, July 21 will have some new scenery to enjoy.

   After taking place at the Green Lake Conference Center for around the last decade, the race, which will begin at 7:30 a.m., will move to downtown Green Lake this year.

   It was moved because the Green Lake Conference Center ran out of parking for the 500-plus tri-athletes competing in the event.

   The move also increases participant safety, as the race no longer will be using Highway 23. Moving the event downtown also is designed to boost the local economy.

   “With where we were in the past, nobody benefitted from us. Being downtown will hopefully improve not only the day for racers and spectators, but also increase business downtown,” race director Chris Schattschneider said. “We’re going to have 550 people, plus whatever spectators they bring.”

   Participants will receive a free T-shirt, a finishers’ medal and a $700 credit towards a new Subaru, provided by Janesville Subaru. Race Day Events, a company that provides equipment and services to multi-sport events, will provide catering for the event.

  Money from the event will be donated to the Ripon Medical Center Foundation, which helps pay for baseline concussion testing for local athletes.

Read the full story in the July 4, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.