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12th Annual Life Time Tri Minneapolis on Saturday

Thousands will participate in annual summer event from established athletes to first timers; race marks first in the 2014 Toyota Triple Crown Triathlon Series


More than 2,000 professional and amateur triathletes will descend upon Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis on Saturday, July 12 to compete in the 2014 Life Time Tri Minneapolis, presented by Toyota. Cameron Dye and Alicia Kaye are back to defend their victories from last year. The event includes an International and Sprint distance, along with a relay component for teams of three. Professional triathletes will be battling for the event's $30,000 purse, with the female and male division winners taking home $7,000 each and 100 points in the Toyota Triple Crown series.

In addition, the annual North American Junior Triathlon Invitational will take place for children ages 13-17 with teams from Canada and the United States competing for individual and group awards. Junior participants will swim 0.25 miles, bike 15.0 miles and run 3.1 miles.

The Life Time Tri Minneapolis also marks the first in the Toyota Triple Crown Series, which will award $50,000 to the top professional female or male triathlete competing in Life Time Tri Minneapolis, New York City Triathlon and Life Time Tri Oceanside.

A list of the pros on the starting list for the 2014 Life Time Tri Minneapolis race:

Men's Pro Field Women's Pro Field
Greg Bennett
Ben Collins
Cameron Dye
Tom Eickelberg
Kevin Everett
Stuart Hayes
Hunter Kemper
John Kenny
Lachlan Kerin
Jim Lubinski
Devon Palmer
Michael Poole
Taylor Reid
Chris Wiatr
Lauren Brandon
Helle Frederiksen
Abby Geurink
Sarah Haskins
Alicia Kaye
Samantha Kennedy
Sara McLarty
Jillian Petersen
Lesley Smith
Radka Vodickova
Molly Woodford

As part of Tri weekend, Life Time has joined with Toyota to reinforce its commitment to hiring veterans and their spouses through the Toyota-sponsored Hiring Our Heroes initiative. A 10-foot tall, 21-foot long, 10,000 pound Hiring Our Heroes Monster Truck will be onsite for fun photo opportunities for all ages along with a booth to share information on career resources for veterans and military spouses as well as the upcoming Hiring Our Heroes job fair for veteran job seekers, active duty military members, guard and reserve members and military spouses on Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Earle Brown Heritage Center.

WHEN: Saturday, July 12, 2014
06:45 AM - Pro Start: Females begin followed by males in equalizer format
07:00 AM - International Waves Begin
08:30 AM - Short Course Waves Begin
11:30 AM - Awards Ceremony
WHERE: Swim: International Course .93 mile; Sprint Course .25 mile
Minneapolis' Lake Nokomis starting and beginning on the northwest side of the lake.

Bike: International Course 24.8 miles; Sprint Course 15 miles
Navigates along the Mississippi River and "City of Lakes" before returning to transition area.

Run: International Course 6.2 miles; Sprint Course 3.1 miles
Around Minneapolis' Lake Nokomis to the cheers of thousands of spectators.

As the 2014 Life Time Tri Pro Series and Toyota Triple Crown Series progresses, participant results and current point standings will be available at www.lifetimetri.com, the official website of Life Time Tri. Updates also will be provided on Twitter by following @LifeTimeTri and by liking the Life Time Tri Facebook page.

We will be at the race on Saturday getting some pictures. Don't forget to check out our post race coverage as well as race pictures.