Lake City Tri-Festival scaled back to one-day sprint event


LACONIA — The City on the Lakes Tri-Festival, which has been shortened to a one-day sprint-only event, will be held Sunday, Aug. 13, starting at 7: 30 a.m. at Opechee Oark in Laconia.
Jan Buitendag, the chief executive officer of Tritanium Sports of Gilford, says about 100 people have signed up to participate in the event, which will feature a 350-yard swim, 17-mile bike ride and 5-kilometer run.
Registration for the event will be from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday and 5:45 to 7:15 a.m. on Sunday.
Buitenda said that the Half Iron Man part of the event, a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run, has been postponed until 2018, had originally been scheduled for Sunday with sprint event on Saturday.
He told city officials earlier this year that he was hoping that the event, designed to fill a void left when organizers of the Timberman Triathlon, traditionally held in Ellacoya Park in Gilford, moved that event to Old Orchard Beach, Maine, would draw 1,000 entries.
Buitendag was involved in the Timberman marathon before it was sold to the corporation that runs the popular Ironman events. He was also involved in the local Mooseman Triathlon held in late September at Newfound Lake in Bristol.