Yankton’s Best Tri, the last triathlon on the east side of the river, will take place this coming Saturday, August 26, in Yankton at 8:00 am at the Lewis & Clark lake. Participants will swim 1/4 mile in Lewis & Clark lake, bike 14 miles across the Gavins Point Dam into Nebraska and back, and then run on the bike path along the lake.
This race features all the beautiful charm the southeastern portion of South Dakota can offer. Plus, for those looking to get away for some final summer r&r, Yankton’s Best Tri makes for a great destination race. The event takes place a stone’s throw from the campground. Participants need to have their park pass stickers up to date or be prepared to pay the daily fee to get into the State Park on Saturday morning. Race organizers are encouraging participants to most of their experience by joining the Yankton community for a great weekend of hospitality and entertainment. Several lodging options exist with camping available at Lewis and Clark Lake (605-668-2985), rooms at Lewis and Clark Resort (605-665-2680), the Best Western Kelly Inn in Yankton (605- 665-2906), and rooms at the Cottonwood Corral across the highway from the park (605-689-2020).
Since this is the last race in eastern South Dakota for 2017, we expect to see some stiff competition and friendly faces. Furthermore, because of its location, Yankton typically attracts athletes from Nebraska and Iowa. New faces mean new friends and an even more fun competition. So if you’re looking for one last race on the east side, head down to Yankton Saturday. You can register here. Make sure you come early to pick up your packet either Friday evening 6-8pm or Saturday morning from 7-7:30 at the race site.