“Last year we brought the Cross Race to Pell City,” said Ofes Forman, chairman of the Pell City Race Committee. “The Toughman Alabama Triathlon this year is a training ground for Ironman races.”
The Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce and Team Magic are presenting the Toughman Alabama Triathlon Aug. 16. The race will consist of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. A 5K will take place in Lakeside Park while the tri-athletes are in the bike portion of the event.
“We are excited to finally bring in a race that takes advantage of our beautiful Logan Martin Lake and look forward to the positive impact it will have on our city,” said Erica Grieve, executive director for the Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce.
Grieve said proceeds from last year’s Cross Race, funds from the City of Pell City and sponsors are funding the race this year.
“We are still working on our Title Sponsor,” she said. “And we are looking for sponsors of all levels.”
Grieve said Title Sponsor is $4,000, Presenting Sponsor is $2,000, Gold Sponsor is $1,000, Silver Sponsor is $500, Bronze Sponsor is $250 and Expo Booth is $100.
“We have more than 100 people registered so far,” she said. “And you can also participate as a relay team.”
Participants may register at www.team-magic.com.
“We are expecting an anticipated 750 participants and more than 2,000 spectators,” she said.
Forman said the goal of holding the Cross Race was to get the Pell City name out there so racers could see what Pell City has to offer.
“We were very successful and attracted racers from Missouri, Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama,” he said. “The racers loved Pell City, and many said they want to come back and stay for a weekend.”
Forman said holding successful races will hopefully attract businesses to Pell City as well as racers and spectators.
“It can have a positive impact all the way around,” he said. “It is an unselfish opportunity to benefit every person in Pell City, and I’m excited we are doing something everyone can enjoy.”
Forman said the Pell City Race Committee, which includes Jarrett Jacobs, Michael Murphy and Holly Murphy, is planning activities after the race and entertainment during the event.
“We are looking for vendors of all type—food, merchandise and local artists,” he said. “And we are looking for local boaters to come and cheer on the swimmers.”
Forman said there is a lot of talk already about the upcoming race.
He said in addition to an estimated 2,000-3,000 people from out-of-town, hopefully the event will draw a total of 7,000-12,000 people or more.
“We hope everyone will come out and support the event,” he said. “This activity could get as big as the (annual Hometown) Block Party.”
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