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Local athletes, get ready. This Sunday, June 30 marks the second annual Apple Honda Riverhead Rocks Olympic Distance Triathlon. The race includes a 1.5K swim in the Peconic River, a 40K bike ride, and a 10K run through downtown Riverhead.

More than 450 people competed in last year’s triathlon, making its first year a very successful one. This year they are expecting at least double the amount.

The first swimmer dives in at 6:40 a.m., as the swim will be a time trial start. Participants must be able to swim 1,500 meters without stopping and should know their approximate time for this distance. The biking part will be a one lap course, mostly flat with a few rolling hills. The running third of the race is a two lap, fast, flat course through the heart of downtown Riverhead.

The triathlon finishes in front of the Suffolk Theater.

Along with the race, there will be booths from local restaurants selling food and also “pop-up stores” on Main Street, making it a great day for the whole family to come down.

Though online registration is now closed, anyone can still sign up at one of the “packet pickup” sites. A list of these sites as well as more information is available on the website.

Photo by Bill Landon: Kristie Timmer of Merrick was the top female finisher at last year’s Riverhead Rocks Triathlon.

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