Imagine competing in a triathlon one day, then turning around and doing a longer one — a much longer one — the following day.
Crazy, you say? Well, not for more than 100 people gearing up for the 14th annual Musselman Triathlon weekend.
Rich Clark, in his third year as race director after taking over from Musselman founder Jeff Henderson, said about 130 people have signed up for Saturday’s mini-Mussel — a sprint-distance event — and Sunday’s grueling half-iron triathlon. The combination is called the DoubleMussel.
“We closed registration for the DoubleMussel when the numbers were approximately what they were for 2016, and almost immediately began getting inquiries from athletes who hadn’t signed up yet and still hoped to do the Double,” Clark said. “We re-opened it earlier this year due to popular demand, and as of last week the number of participants from last year to this year had nearly doubled.”