Columbia, S.C. - (March 22, 2011) - The 2011 Downtown Columbia Triathlon will be held at the Blatt PE Center on the campus of the University of South Carolina this Sunday, March 27, 2011, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Over 400 men and women, from ages 12 to 68, will participate in the sprint triathlon, the second event of the Go Tri Sports South Carolina Triathlon Series.

The sprint triathlon will feature a 500-meter swim at the Blatt PE Center, 10-mile bike course on the streets of downtown Columbia and 5K run touring downtown streets from Henderson Street at Blatt PE Center to Senate Street in the Vista. Columbia city police will staff more than 30 officers to keep the course safe and mostly closed to traffic as participants bike and run downtown streets. The course will finish at the intramural fields adjacent to the Blatt PE Center.

Though participant registration is closed, media and spectators are invited to attend. Bates parking lot off Whaley Street, just a quarter mile from Blatt PE Center, will be open for triathlon parking. Additional space will be available for parking at the Horizon Parking Building on Main Street near heat Street. For additional information, contact Leslie Brown at




About Columbia Regional Sports Council
The mission of the Columbia Regional Sports Council is to strengthen the area's economy by marketing and selling the Columbia, SC region (City of Columbia, Lexington County, Richland County) as a premier destination for sporting events, partnering with local sports organizations to grow and develop existing events, and by recruiting new events which provide an economic benefit to the region by generating room nights, food and beverage sales, and associated tax revenues.