Maranatha Triathlon will re-format for 2019 race

MAXWELL, Neb. (KNOP) - The Maranatha Triathlon was changed to a Duathlon for this year, due to cold water temperatures at the lake at Camp Maranatha.

Temperatures at the lake at Camp Maranatha were measured at 50 degrees in late May (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)

"It was not a very good winter, it's been very, very cold, so we called Kris Cheek out at Maranatha, he's the director out there, and asked him to get a temperature for us, and when it came back at 50 degrees, IRONMAN says if the water temperature is below 50 degrees, you want a wet suit. So, rather than everyone trying to scramble to find wet suits, and being known as the race that gave everyone hypothermia, we decided to change it to a duathlon format, which will be a run, bike, run," said Shae Caldwell, one of the race coordinators.

Instead of the original format of a 500 meter swim on the lake, followed by a 14 mile bike, and a 5 kilometer run, the event will start with a run.

"The first leg is going to be and adventure style type run around Maranatha, it will still be that 14 mile bike, and it will still be a 5k," Caldwell said.

Registration is still open for the event. People interested in participating can go to Whitetail Screen Print, on Jeffers street between 5th and 6th streets in North Platte, on Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to register, or at the event at Camp Maranatha between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning.