CLERMONT – Athletes from all over the world will descend upon Clermont March 7-8 for the 5th Annual Clermont Draft Legal Challenge, to be hosted at Lake Louisa State Park, 7305 U.S. Highway 27, Clermont.
Sponsored by the Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Division, the event has become the “go to” event for athletes to race draft legal in the United States.
“We are excited to welcome back for the fifth year the Clermont Draft Legal Challenge, a premier event drawing hundreds of athletes and spectators to South Lake County,” said Adam Ashton, Lake County’s Sports Development Coordinator.
More than 500 athletes from 28 states and seven countries including the USA, Canada, Mexico, Peru, France, China and Japan are expected to compete in nine races over the course of the weekend. All events are draft legal and include a 750-meter swim, a 20-k bike race and 5-k run.
The Elite race has a prize purse of $10,000, while the U25 Elite Development Races offer athletes ages 25 and under the chance to earn their professional cards. The event also features Youth F1 races for athletes ages 16-19.
The Clermont Draft Legal Challenge was created by local Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker with the goal of helping to launch professional careers in triathlon and providing youth athletes an opportunity to gain draft legal experience.
Spectators are invited to cheer on the world-class talent, including Clermont athlete Sarah Haskins, who will return to defend her title.
Parking at Lake Louisa State Park is $5 per car. For more details about the Clermont Draft Legal Challenge, visit www.draftlegalchallenge.com.
To learn more about why Lake County is the ideal location for sporting events, visit www.SportsInLakeFL.com, “like” www.facebook.com/sportsinlakefl or contact Lake County at 352-742-3918.