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July 5, 2012

Run, Swim and Bike - Claremore Lake Triathlon approved by city council

CLAREMORE — Claremore City Council members have approved an ordinance variation request to allow for an upcoming triathlon event at Claremore Lake.

Event organizer Tim Dreiling of Fleet Feet Sports and Claremore Parks and Rec Director Joe Kays told council members Monday that the variation was necessary to ensure increased safety for swimmers who participate in the triathlon.
Council members approved the ordinance variation requests in a unanimous vote.
“Basically, this (ordinance variation request) is with regards to boat length, wading and swimming, and overnight camping for security at the lake during and only during the event,” Kays said. “Set up will start on Saturday, Aug. 18, with the triathlon itself taking place Sunday.”
Requested variations allowed water craft shorter than 8 feet in length on Claremore Lake, as well as provision of safety boats and kayaks during the event as additional security provisions for triathlon swimmers.
A variance on wading and swimming also was requested and approved to allow swimmers to enter and swim the first leg of the approved triathlon course.
Additionally, Dreiling and Kays had requested a variance to allow for overnight camping at Claremore Lake, for security purposes to safeguard equipment to be setup for the event. 
“This isn’t a variance which is for camping so much in the traditional sense of the word, but a measure by which someone can stay at the park overnight to keep an eye on the equipment being brought in for the event,” Dreiling said.  Although several of the specifics pertaining to the triathlon are still being finalized, information found on the Fleet Feet website detail the event as the Lake Claremore Sprint Triathlon, to begin at 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 and will consist of a 750-meter swim in Lake Claremore, a 20-mile road bike trek, and a 5k road run.
Early registration is available online at the Fleet Feet Tulsa website.

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