BOZEMAN – Registration is open for the 2013 Bozeman Tritons Triathlon, to be held Sunday, June 23 at the East Gallatin Recreation Area. This annual fixture of the Gallatin Valley features both a sprint-distance race and a long-course race, with options for all abilities. There will be a relay division for teams of 2-3 and a junior division for triathletes aged 16-19.

The date for this year’s event, which is hosted by the Bozeman Masters Swim Club, is five weeks earlier than the previous two years to minimize conflicts with other area events and reduce the potential impact of summer heat and smoke from wildfires.

“We’ve been trying to get the word out that the race is earlier this year,” said race director Jamie Kujawa, “But it’s hard to get people thinking about a summer race when we still have snow on the ground.”

Unchanged are the race courses. The long-course race is the only half-Iron-distance triathlon in Montana, and consists of a 1.2 mile swim in the pond, a 56-mile, out-and-back bike up scenic Bridger Canyon Drive and over Battle Ridge Pass, and a 13.1-mile lollipop-loop run in the Bridger foothills on mostly paved surfaces.

The sprint race is a 750-meter swim in the pond, followed by a 20-kilometer, out-and-back bike and a five-kilometer, out-and-back run that finishes with a lap around the lake. Both races are fully supported with aid stations.

Despite the earlier date, more than a quarter of the 250 available slots have been filled, and it so far, 12 U.S. states are represented, with racers from as far as Baltimore, Md.

To register, visit bozemantritons.org/tritonstri/registration.

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Registration fee schedule:

Race Until 4/30/2013 After 4/30/2013

Long Course (Individual) $155 $180

Long Course (Team) $185 $210

Sprint (Individual) $55 $65

Sprint (Team) $85 $105

Junior (Individual, Age 16-19) $45 $55