The Comanche Warrior Triathlon consists of a 500-meter open water swim in Comanche Trail Lake, a 30k bike ride out and back bike ride on city and county roads, and is concluded with a 5k run on closed trails and roads in the Comanche Trail Park. The USA Triathlon sanctioned event has been hosted in Big Spring for the past 11 years by the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau, but this year the CVB has decided to pass the torch to Permian Basin Events.
Craig Felty with Permian Basin Events, told KBest News that the number of participants for the Triathlon hadn’t increased enough over the years to make it economically viable for the CVB to continue. On top of that, the City of Big Spring was a big part of the volunteer labor to put the race on. Since the City has been short-staffed in many positions, Felty said it would be spreading them too thin if they were to continue to help.
Felty went on to say that it’s possible that they may alter the format and take it out to Moss Lake and turn it into an XTERRA, or cross triathlon, that includes swimming, mountain biking, and trail running.
"If we change to an XTERRA event next year and make it off road, those are more uncommon. Those, people will travel more to find becauase that's kind of the comming thing in triathlons," said Felty. "So, maybe, it's just time for Comanche Warrior [Triathlon] to transition into a different format."
Permian Basin Events is working on building a sponsor and volunteer base to provide the kind of experience participants have come to expect. For more information on how to do your part to bring the Comanche Warrior Triathlon back next year, contact Craig Felty at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 432-213-0409.