People looking for a competitive aspect to Downtown to Defiance will be able to take part in a duathlon during the Sept. 28 event.
Metro Parks Tacoma has added a running-cycling race to its second Downtown to Defiance, the free, open streets event for walkers, runners and cyclists.
The short-course duathlon begins at 8 a.m. on course designed to meet the needs of veteran multiport enthusiasts and inspire first-timers.
Participants will begin the 19.5-mile course at Owen Beach with a 2-mile run, then biking 15.5 miles to Tacoma’s waterfront and back, finishing with another 2-mile run at Owen Beach.
Participants can compete individually or as a two-person relay team, with one person taking part in the running legs and the other completing the bike leg, according to organizers.
There will be aid stations along the way, providing water and snacks.
Ruston Way and Schuster Parkway will be closed during the event, but all other roads will be open to traffic.
Registration for the duathlon is $65 and closes Thursday. You can register at metroparkstacoma.org/
The duathlon is a competitive, timed race organized and produced by Metro Parks Tacoma’s Outdoor Adventure staff. There will be divisions for juniors, women, men and relay teams. The top three participants in each division will receive a medal.
The duathlon will run in conjunction with the second year of Downtown to Defiance, which also starts at 8 a.m.
The event will start and finish inside Point Defiance Park, with the route taking participants along 7 miles of roads to a turnaround on the Foss Waterway Esplanade at the South 21st Street Park.
The event includes entertainment from 10 a.m.-noon, with food trucks serving from 7 a.m.-noon.
Details can be found at downtowntodefiance.com.