The Melander Sports Medicine Big Shark New Town Triathlon has become one of the most popular triathlons in the Midwest. Originally a biathlon started many years ago, the event evolved into the John Howard New Town Duathlon, and now in its current format as an ‘almost’ Olympic distance triathlon.
This year the distances remain at a .62 mile Swim, 20 mile Bike and a 4 mile Run for the Long Course, and .3 mile Swim, 15 mile Bike and a 2 mile Run for the Sprint Course. The Kid’s Triathlon and EXPO will be held on Saturday, July 10th and the main event will be on Sunday, July 11th.
Set in New Town, St.Charles, the venue is tailor made for a fast race. The flat course profile makes this event the perfect race to open up full bore or try the sport of triathlon for the first time.
Sponsored by one of St. Louis’ leading sports medicine and orthopedic groups, Melander Sports Medicine, Big Shark is proud to bring back this event for 2021.
We encourage you to sign up early to get a jump on the competition! You can also train with us at our Open Water Swim Series running almost every Saturday from May 1st through June 26th. There will not be swims on Memorial Day Weekend and July 4th Weekend.
A percentage of each race entry is will be donated to Skye Medical Foundation. The Skye Medical Foundation was founded by triathletes John and Katy Macdonald to provide oral health care to disabled veterans. In the first year the foundation provided over $40,000 in free oral health care to disabled veterans ranging from oral surgery to dentures.
John and Katy learned that veterans who are less than 100% disabled weren’t eligible for oral health care. Many disabled veterans suffer from PTSD which leads to grinding their teeth, which leads to a poor visual impression which, in turn, leads to a lack of job opportunities. Improving disabled veteran’s oral health helps with self-esteem, speech, nutrition, employment potential, and the ability to live a fulfilled life. Big Shark Bicycle Co. and the Melander Sports Medicine New Town Triathlon has joined John and Katy in their effort to help disabled veterans.