whiz down five county roads during the Tri For The Shelter Sprint Triathlon and the Tri For The Kids Triathlon hosted by RACE Rome.
Cycle Therapy also is hosting a less-strenuous, noncompetitive ride that is open to all.
Though no roads will close for the Saturday events, Sgt. Gary Conway with the Floyd County Police Department said Big Texas Valley Road, Texas Valley Road, Sand Springs Road and Fouche Gap Road will have some traffic delays for around three hours Saturday morning. The race will begin at 8 a.m.
On Sunday, Cave Spring Road will be closed briefly for the Tri For The Kids event that will begin at 9 a.m.
Sanctioned race routes
The Saturday sprint distance race at Rocky Mountain Recreation Area features a 500-yard lake swim, 18.75-mile bike ride and three-mile run. Both individuals and relay teams will compete in the triathlon.
Registration ended Wednesday, and proceeds will benefit the William S. Davies Homeless Shelter.
Cyclists will leave the Rocky Mountain Recreation Area’s Heath Lake entrance and turn right onto Big Texas Valley Road. In a series of right turns, they’ll move onto Texas Valley Road, Sand Springs Road, Fouche Gap Road, Big Texas Valley Road and Anglers Haven. Then they’ll run out of Anglers Haven and take a right on Big Texas Valley Road.
On Sunday, youth racers will compete in the Tri for the Kids Triathlon at Darlington School. Kids ages 7 to 15 will compete in three categories: expert, beginner and physically challenged.
Those ages 7-9 will complete a 50-yard swim in the school’s Huffman Athletic Center pool, a 2.3-mile bike ride on Cave Spring Road — which will be closed for traffic during the race — and a half-mile run on the campus.
Participants ages 10 to 15 will complete a 100-yard swim, a 4.6-mile bike ride and a one-mile run.
Registration for the Kids Tri also closed Wednesday, and proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Rome.
Both the sprint and youth races are USA Triathlon-sanctioned, and awards will be presented to top finishers.
All youth racers will receive medals.
Cycle Therapy is hosting another Saturday event, the Let’s Roll Critical Mass Ride, that will take place at 9 a.m. starting at the Midtown Crossing Shopping Center, 224 Shorter Ave.
No registration is necessary, but participants are asked to arrive promptly at 9 a.m. so the group can roll out by 9:15 a.m.
Riders will leave Midtown Crossing and travel down to Second Avenue and Broad Street, ending at the parking lots of Swift & Finch and Great Harvest Bread Co.
The ride will be escorted by Rome police to ensure the safety of the cyclists. Roads will not be blocked off, but police will conduct a rolling closure. Kids will ride in front and set the pace of the ride, said Julie Smith, co-owner of Cycle Therapy.
The purpose of the mass ride is to encourage locals to get on their bicycles, Smith said. All riders are required to wear a helmet.
For more information about the Tri For The Shelter Sprint Triathlon and the Tri For The Kids Triathlon, contact Sarah Hussler at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the Let’s Roll Critical Mass Ride, contact Julie Smith at Julie@cycletherapy.us.