BikingWeekend Picks: REV3 Returns to Knoxville

Weekend Picks: REV3 Returns to Knoxville

Knoxville to host its 5th annual Rev3 Triathlon May 17 and 18

Revolution3  is set to return to Knoxville May 17th & 18th for its fifth year  running, with a full weekend of events appealing to athletes and families. This year’s event is the 2014 REV3 Series Championship for the Professional & Amateur Series Titles.

“We are thrilled to have Knoxville host our Championship Event in 2014. Knoxville is   becoming a truly outdoor destination and we are proud to bring REV3 to the   Knoxville community. Knoxville course offers athletes an amazing venue with a challenging series championship worthy course,” Charlie Patten, founder of Revolution3 said.

REV3 Knoxville is this year’s REV3 professional and age group championship, with athletes racing all 2013 season to qualify for the event. REV3 will again   be working with Visit Knoxville, Legacy Parks Foundation and Outdoor Knoxville to host several events for the local community throughout the weekend.

Professionals set to return to Knoxville include past champions Cameron Dye, Matty ReedLauren   Goss and Kelly Williamson.. Erik Limkemann, the current series leader will face   a strong challenge for the series title from Richie Cunningham, previous champion. Goss will attempt to clinch her series title but with Radka Vodickova only 150 points back, this looks to be quite the race.

Olympic and Half REV triathletes will begin their Sunday morning with a point-to-point swim in the Tennessee River. The bike course takes the athletes on beautiful countryside roads of Knox and Blount counties,. The run is an out and back along the Greenway Trails of Knoxville. The finish traverses past the   University of Tennessee campus and has a backdrop of the famous World’s Fair   Park Sunsphere

“Knoxville is a vibrant community, an active community. We want to   bring our event to them, not just so they can watch a triathlon event, but so they can participate, be a part of it and truly grasp the healthy benefits to an active lifestyle,” Patten said. “We are beyond happy to be adding more triathlon specific   events for the future of the sport. This is a race where all the kids will be treated just like the pros; we will roll out all the Revolution3 Red Carpet treatment for all participants.”

Events include:

REV3GLOW NIGHT 5K AND 1 MILE FUN RUN – Feel and hear the thrill of a crowd while the streets lights up and people’s lives brighten at the 2014 REV3Glow   5K & 1 mile Family Fun Run. This early evening Friday race will be staged   at the World’s Fair Park.

INAUGURAL KIDS   TRIATHLON– Truly a beginner friendly event for all! The swim will take place at   the Allen Jones Aquatic Center on Saturday morning, this is the same place   where the University of Tennessee Men’s and Women’s swim team practice and compete; it is known as one of the best and fastest pools in the country. The bike and run courses will be loops   throughout the University of Tennessee Campus.

All young triathletes will receive the   Revolution3 Red Carpet treatment and to feel like a Professional for the day. With your registration you will receive the following:

  • 1 Free Entry to the Revolution3 Glow Run on Friday May 16, 2014 starting   at World’s Fair Park
  • Rev3 Revvie Kids Visor
  • Finisher Medal, just like the ones all Half and Olympic   Athletes receive!
  • Finisher T-Shirt
  • Pair of blueseventy Goggles
  • Revolution3 Cowbell
  • Gatorade Towel
  • Personalized Bike Rack Space and bibs
  • and more fun goodies from our sponsors

As the Kids Triathlon is taking place, a group of adventure racers will take off from Worlds Fair Park on their   mountain bikes to begin their sprint adventure race with a series of trail   rides, treks, and water challenges before returning to the finish line later in the afternoon.

Saturday afternoon will be dedicated to families competing together in a fun family adventure race, looking for clues   and participating in unique challenges throughout the grounds of Worlds Fair Park and surrounding areas.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for Visit Knoxville and our city to have REV3 return   for the fifth year,” said Visit Knoxville President Kim Bumpas. “What a great weekend full of athleticism on all level.”

Sponsors for the Knoxville REV3 events include Pilot Flying J on a national level as well as Visit Knoxville,,Harper   Acura, Tennova Healthcare, River Sports, Fleet Feet of Knoxville, and Knoxville Beauty Hunters on a local level. A portion of the proceeds from all the adventure events will be donated to two different non-profit groups in Knoxville.

“Pilot Flying J is well known in   Knoxville as an active supporter of community health wellness initiatives.   Our relationship with Revolution 3 has enabled us to support races in   communities across the U.S., where our customers, especially professional drivers, live and work,” Dave Parmly, employee services manager at Pilot Flying J. “Revolution 3 introduced us to the dedicated athletes of Truckers-to-Triathletes, professional drivers who meet the demands of that profession along with   disciplined training to compete in triathlons. We hope that these drivers will inspire others to seek better health.”

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