REV3 Athletes Hit Knoxville's Streets and Water this Weekend
16 May, 2014
Revolution3 is set to return to Knoxville May 17th & 18th for its fifth year running, with a full weekend of events appealing to an assortment of individuals and families. This year’s event is the 2014 REV3 Series Championship for the Professional & Amateur Series Titles.
“We are thrilled to have Knoxville host our Championship Event in 2014. Knoxville is becoming a truly outdoor destination and we are proud to bring REV3 to the Knoxville community. Knoxville course offers athletes an amazing venue with a challenging series championship worthy course,” Charlie Patten, founder of Revolution3 said.
REV3 Knoxville is this year’s REV3 pro and age group championship, with athletes racing all 2013 season to qualify for the event. “On behalf of the city and everyone at Visit Knoxville, we are thrilled to host REV3 for a fifth year,” said Visit Knoxville President Kim Bumpas. “What a great weekend full of athleticism on all levels.” REV3 will again be working with Visit Knoxville, Legacy Parks Foundation and Outdoor Knoxville to host several events for the local community throughout the weekend.
Professionals set to return to Knoxville include past champions Cameron Dye, Lauren Goss, Kelly Williamson and Matty Reed. Erik Limkemann, the current series leader will face a strong challenge for the series title from Richie Cunningham, previous champion. Goss will attempt to clinch her series title but with Radka Vodickova only 150 points back, this looks to be quite the race.
Olympic and Half REVtriathletes will begin their Sunday morning with a point-to-point swim in the Tennessee River. The bike course takes the athletes on beautiful countryside roads of Knox and Blount counties,. The run is an out and back along the Greenway Trails of Knoxville. The finish traverses past the University of Tennessee campus and has a backdrop of the famous World's Fair Park Sunsphere
“Knoxville is a vibrant community, an active community. We want to bring our event to them, not just so they can watch a triathlon event, but so they can participate, be a part of it and truly grasp the healthy benefits to an active lifestyle,” Patten said. “We are beyond happy to be adding more triathlon specific events for the future of the sport. This is a race where all the kids will be treated just like the pros; we will roll out all the Revolution3 Red Carpet treatment for all participants.
REV3GLOW NIGHT 5K AND 1 MILE FUN RUN – Feel and hear the thrill of a crowd while the streets lights up and people’s lives brighten at the 2014 REV3Glow 5K & 1 mile Family Fun Run. This early evening Friday race will be staged at the World’s Fair Park.
INAUGURAL KIDS TRIATHLON- Truly a beginner friendly event for all! The swim will take place at the Allen Jones Aquatic Center on Saturday morning, this is the same place where the University of Tennessee Men’s and Women’s swim team practice and compete; it is known as one of the best and fastest pools in the country. The bike and run courses will be loops throughout the University of Tennessee Campus.
All young triathletes will receive the Revolution3 Red Carpet treatment and to feel like a Professional for the day. With your registration you will receive the following:
• 1 Free Entry to the Revolution3 Glow Run on Friday May 16, 2014 starting at World’s Fair Park
• Rev3 Revvie Kids Visor
• Finisher Medal, just like the ones all Half and Olympic Athletes receive!
• Finisher T-Shirt
• Pair of blueseventy Goggles
• Revolution3 Cowbell
• Gatorade Towel
• Personalized Bike Rack Space and bibs
• and more fun goodies from our sponsors
As the Kids Triathlon is taking place, a group of adventure racers will take off from Worlds Fair Park on their mountain bikes to begin their sprint adventure race with a series of trail rides, treks, and water challenges before returning to the finish line later in the afternoon.
Saturday afternoon will be dedicated to families competing together in a fun family adventure race, looking for clues and participating in unique challenges throughout the grounds of Worlds Fair Park and surrounding areas.
Sponsors for the Knoxville REV3 events include Pilot Flying J on a national level as well as Visit Knoxville, Harper Acura, Tennova Healthcare, Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center, Cardiovascular Research, River Sports, Fleet Feet of Knoxville, and Knoxville Beauty Hunters on a local level. A portion of the proceeds from all the adventure events will be donated to two different non-profit groups in Knoxville.
“Pilot Flying J is well known in Knoxville as an active supporter of community health wellness initiatives. Our relationship with Revolution 3 has enabled us to support races in communities across the U.S., where our customers, especially professional drivers, live and work,” Dave Parmly, employee services manager at Pilot Flying J. “Revolution 3 introduced us to the dedicated athletes of Truckers-to-Triathletes, professional drivers who meet the demands of that profession along with disciplined training to compete in triathlons. We hope that these drivers will inspire others to seek better health.”
Visit Knoxville (Knoxville Convention and Visitors Bureau) is the official CVB for the City of Knoxville and Knox County. Visit Knoxville is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, private company that works together with the community, business leaders and local and state government to further develop Knoxville as a premier leisure, meetings and travel destination