Athletes swim the Ross Barnett Reservoir as part of the Heatwave Classic Triathlon.
Athletes swim the Ross Barnett Reservoir as part of the Heatwave Classic Triathlon.
The 34th running of the annual Heatwave Classic Triathlon promises to bring runners, bikers, and swimmers together to compete in one of the south east’s top-shelf athletic tests.

The 2019 Heatwave Classic Triathlon is entering its 34th year of existence. Ridgeland Recreation and Parks will be hosting the Heatwave Classic Triathlon on Saturday, June 1. 

Mayor Gene McGee, a past participant, said that the event is a key part of the city’s healthy hometown image.

“We are excited for this event every year. It is one of the premier triathlons in our region and the parks department really does a good job of putting it on every year,” McGee said. “We look forward to another big turnout this year.”

This year’s race will consist of a half mile swim in the Ross Barnett Reservoir, a 27.5-mile bike ride along the scenic and historic Natchez Trace Parkway, and ending with a 10K run along Ridgeland’s heavily shaded Multi-Use Trail.

Four awards will be handed out for placing. They feature four original pieces, hand painted by Seedsters at the Mustard Seed.

Ridgeland parks and Recreation Director Chris Chance said that due to this event there may be some road delays. 

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you during these hours, but we hope that this advance notice will allow you to plan an alternate route,” Chance said. “If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department”

Potential delays were posted on the Parks and Recreation Department’s social media pages on the morning of May 27. They include delays at Rice Road from Post Road to Old Canton from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

Delays will occur at Rice Road and Old Canton Road from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

Delays will also occur on Post Road from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

The Ridgeland Police Department will control all traffic flow at intersections during this event. 

“The patrolmen will get you through these areas as quickly as possible,” Chance said.

Online registration for the event was cut off Wednesday evening, but day of registration will be available before 6 a.m. and in-person registration through the parks department will be available through Friday evening. For more information call the Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department at 601-853-2011