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Puyallup hosting new Reliant Recovery Water Grand Prix bike race Saturday

Fans watch the Tacoma Twilight Criterium Race in 2012. Puyallup hosts a new criterium race this weekend. The Reliant Recovery Water Grand Prix includes a 2-mile running race.
Fans watch the Tacoma Twilight Criterium Race in 2012. Puyallup hosts a new criterium race this weekend. The Reliant Recovery Water Grand Prix includes a 2-mile running race. file photo

A new bicycle race and running event is coming to Puyallup on Saturday.

The Reliant Recovery Water Grand Prix is a series of bicycle races on a half-mile loop around Puyallup High School, 105 7th St. The bike races have an $8,000 cash purse.

A 2-mile run will be held on the course at 4:30 p.m.

The criterium races start at 9:30 a.m. The top women race for an hour at 5 p.m. The top men race for 80 minutes at 6:10 p.m.

Criterium racing has a reputation for being spectator friendly because of short circuits requiring racers to pass onlookers every few minutes. The Puyallup race has 10 categories with fields for most experience levels.

The course is flat with eight corners. Entry into the race is $35 the day of the event. Entry into a second race is half price. A racing license ($10 for the day, $70 per year) is required for the criterium. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and closes 20 minutes before the race. A Washington State Bicycle Association number ($10 rental fee at race, $25 for an annual membership online at wsbaracing.com) is also required.

The run is $20 for those who register in advance and $30 at the event.

Visit narrowsvelo.com for more information on the criterium and active.com for more information on the run.

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