Langley Pond is set to host its eighth annual Langley Pond Sprint and International Triathlon later this month.


On Saturday, hundreds of swimmers, joggers and bikers will descend upon the Olympic-sized pond to compete in the AAA Car Care South Carolina Triathlon Series.


The event begins at 7 a.m.


The public is invited to attend for free. Concessions, a playground, close parking and more will be available.


Mark van der Linden, director of the Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, said staff is excited to host the annual event.


“We are expecting athletes from all over South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia to participate in the Spring and International Triathlon,” van der Linden said. “Langley Pond is the premier location for this type of event, as we have the land and water facilities to host major events of just about any capacity.”


The sprint portion of the triathlon consists of a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike ride and a 5-kilometer run. The international portion of the triathlon consists of a 1,500-meter swim, a 24-mile bike ride and 10-kilometer run.


On behalf of his staff, van der Linden also thanked Set Up Events for working hard to put the event together.


“Jeremy Davis and his crew at Set Up Events do an amazing job at running a first class operation, and we are always thrilled when they come to Aiken County,” van der Linden said. “With the park expansion we’ve made over the past year, and the next phase of development on the horizon, Langley Pond has positioned itself to host major land and aquatic programs that create a big economic impact for Aiken County.”


Online registration for the event ends on Wednesday at 7 p.m. On-site registration will be available during packet pickup on Friday and Saturday. Participants must be a minimum of 15 years old.


For more information about the event and registration, visit www.setupevents.com.


To contact the Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, call 803-642-7559 or email prtdept@aikencountysc.gov.


Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard.