MOUNT PLEASANT — A new triathlon might be coming to greater Racine next summer, but the details are still being worked out.
As part of the negotiations, Quarry Lake Park, located in the 3300 block of Northwestern Avenue, is being looked at as the swim portion of the event.
Dave Blank, president/CEO of Real Racine, said the local tourism promotion organization is in negotiations to with a promoter to bring a triathlon to Racine, but “it’s not a done deal.”
“I don’t want to get people’s hopes up, but (Quarry Lake Park) is being looked at as a possible swim location,” Blank said. “I’m not going to disclose who we’re talking with but they know what they’re doing, we’ve worked with them before.”
Since the Ironman 70.3 Racine Triathlon is canceled for 2018, Blank said Real Racine can try to “do something to fill the void.”
The Ironman was canceled due to dwindling entries because of poor weather in recent years and bad road conditions for biking.
For the proposed triathlon, Real Racine is looking at shorter distances for the swim, bike and run, and have narrowed possible scenarios to three options.
Super sprint: 375 meter swim, 10K bike, 2.5K run
Sprint: 700 meter swim, 20K bike, 5K run
Olympic distance: 1,500 meter swim, 40K bike, 10K run
“The shorter swim distance allows for us to consider Quarry Lake,” Blank said. “It’s logistically a very difficult event because it’s so spread out.”
Blank said his staff has been working with Racine County to make sure Quarry Lake’s water quality is acceptable for the race and that it’s safe for swimmers.
“We would definitely want a clean swim course, one that doesn’t have any obstruction of any kind,” Blank said.
In August, a man was taken to the hospital in critical condition after he nearly drowned in Quarry Lake after reportedly getting caught in some fishing line.
Blank said Real Racine officials have been working to make sure participants are safe and should Quarry Lake be used as a venue, would likely have people in the water in jet skis or other water craft to make sure race staff is able to help anyone who needs it.
“I think it’s an interesting concept,” Blank said of the Quarry Lake possibility. “It’s bringing some light to a facility in Racine County that isn’t getting a lot of use.”