Three non-profit organizations that work in Chastain Park are planning what they’re calling the park’s first “triPATHlon.”

The May 8 event is to include a 400-yard swim in the Chastain Park pool, a 15-mile bike ride in neighborhoods around the park and a 5-kilometer run on the park’s trails.

The event is being put together by the PATH Foundation, which develops trails in metro Atlanta, including Chastain Park; the Chastain Park Conservancy, an organization dedicated to the stewardship of the park; and the Chastain Park Athletic Club, which operates the park’s pool.

The event will mark the PATH Foundation’s 20th anniversary, said Ed McBrayer, the organization’s executive director. “Our first triathlon is a great way to mark the organization’s birthday,” he said in a press release announcing the event.

The “triPATHlon” will be a sanctioned “sprint triathlon” and one of the few in-town triathlon events in the country, according to the PATH Foundation. The entry fee is $75 for members of the USTA, the sanctioning group, and $85 for non-members. Proceeds from the event will go to the sponsoring organizations. Registration will be limited to 550 participants.

“The unique part of this race is being able to have all segments of Atlanta’s first in-town triathlon at the Chastain Park,” said Gip Johnson, executive director of the conservancy, said in the press release.

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