Registration for the Oxford Endurance Weekend, the city’s first biking and triathlon weekend begins next week (June 13th).
Endurance Weekend begins August 13th with the Rowan Oak 5K at 6pm and costs $20 to register. Saturday, August 14th is the Tri-Oxford Triathlon, Plano Classic and Race of Truth bike races. The Triathlon consists of a 300 meter swim, 13 mile bike, and 5K run and costs $65 to register. The Plano Classic is on a 10 mile loop where bikers will complete a number of loops based on their class. The Race of Truth is a timed trial on the 13 mile triathlon route. On Sunday the weekend wraps up with the Courthouse Criterion bike race, a loop course .75-1mi around the east side of the square where bikers of different classes complete different numbers of loops, like in the Plano Classic. The bike races all cost $30-35, or participants can choose the Omnium, which is all three races for $80.
Tim Ackers, from the city of Oxford Planning Commission, said the webpage would be active hopefully on Monday of next week for participants to registration.
The city of Oxford has partnered with Memphis-based Start2Finish to put on this event. Start2Finish is coordinating participant registration and registration of the events with US Cycling and US Triathlon, according to Jeff Wells with the Oxford Park Commission.
Wells said, “We’re hoping it will bring in a different type of tourist to Oxford, a biking/triathlon tourist. The bike/triathlon tourist is different from the tourist we get from Double Decker, Oxford film fest, or the football crowd.”
He added, ” We’re also hoping it will bring in people during a down time for the city, a majority of the students aren’t back [in August], and there’s not a lot going on so it will be a kick off for the fall and a boost for city tourism.”
The coordinators are looking for volunteers to help with tasks such as distributing race packets and manning the courses. Interested persons can contact Wells at (662) 238-2798 or email@example.com or Tim Ackers with the Oxford Planning Commission at (662) 232-2305.