Kirby Medical Center hosted the second annual KMC Sage City Triathlon in
Monticello on August 12.
The event saw an increase of more than 50 percent in participant numbers,
from 134 athletes in 2016 to 210 in 2017, which demonstrates just how
increasingly important and popular annual health events like this are
to the community.
The triathlon consists of a 300-meter swim, 13.5-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile
run. This course starts in the Monticello city pool and continues on to
the bike route, which highlights one of Monticello’s prime attractions:
Riders enter the park along the south entrance and circle the famous Sun
Singer statue at the west edge of the park. The beautiful views offered
by the park’s great features add a unique twist to the triathlon.
To wrap it all up, the third segment, the run, is a flat, fast course along
a closed jogging path that is heavily shaded and travels over Monticello’s
wooden bridge spanning the Sangamon River.
Congratulations to all athletes and many thanks to the volunteers and friends
who help make the triathlon possible-including the City of Monticello,
the Monticello Family Aquatic Center and Allerton Park.