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By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Officials: Precautions in place for Alaskaman

 


\Residents worried about the safety foPeople worried about safety for boaters and athletes in this weekend’s Alaskaman triathlon can rest a bit easier. Spurred by concerns from local residents, Seward City Manager Jim Hunt said he spoke with the organizers of the event and was satisfied that sufficient safety precautions were being taken.

“We had a concern about the triathlon, the Alaskaman, that is will be here this Saturday,” Hunt told members of the Seward City Council on Monday. “I spoke with the production manager and told him there was a concern about swimming in the bay near the exclusion zone and he said, ‘Rest assured, I don’t have any concerns. They (the swimmers) have swam in much worse water.”

Hunt did note that Alaskaman officials had agreed to move the start of the extreme endurance race farther away from normal boating lanes.

“All the kayaks and rescue boats are in place, as well as buoys,” Hunt said, noting that the race start will be held in a “slack” tide.

As part of the event, athletes will swim 2.6 miles in Resurrection Bay, beginning near Miller’s Landing at 4 a.m. After finishing the swim, the athletes will hit the road for a 112-mile bicycle ride up the Seward Highway to Girdwood. From there, they will complete a 27-mile trek over trails going up Mt. Alyeska.

Hunt said the event will likely draw more than 1,000 people into Seward for the start of the race, including more than 800 support personnel for the 300 racers.

“It should be a fun and entertaining event,” he said.

For more information about the Alaskaman triathlon, check out their web site at http://www.alaskaman.com.

 

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