The 6th Annual Annie Oakley & Buffalo Bill Wild West Super Sprint and Sprint Triathlons will return this year to Trap Lake at Shelby Farms on Saturday, June 25. For the first time, $100 cash awards will be presented to the fastest runner for women, men, and relay runners in all four races. Event participants will receive a chance to win a Giant bike and bike gear, compliments of sponsor Bikes Plus. Participants must be present to win.

Additional sponsors for the races are Dr. Thomas Ratliff with West Cancer Clinic and Research Institute, Gerald Emerson of Prudential Advisors, LIV Bikes, Giant Bicycles, Blair Parker Landscape Designs, Jimmy Reed/Marx-Bensdorf Realtors, Barbara Geater, BPC Performance Coaching, Blue Sky Couriers, Hook Point Brewing Company, Prairie Farms Dairy, and media sponsor Memphis Health + Fitness magazine. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local cross country teams, swim teams, and scouts troops.

The event includes four races: an all-women super sprint triathlon, an all-women sprint triathlon, an all-men super sprint triathlon, and an all-men sprint triathlon. The first race begins at 6:30 a.m. and the other runs will follow back-to-back all on the same day.

The super sprint races are a ¼-mile swim, 8-mile road bike ride, and 2-mile paved-trail run. The sprint races are a ½-mile swim, a 16-mile road bike ride, and a 4-mile paved-trail run. The swim will be in Trap Lake on the south side of Walnut Grove Road, next to the Shelby Farms Greenline Trail (near the former shooting range and paintball park).

In presenting this event, Routh says she “hopes to promote the sport of triathlon, especially to women, and encourage athletes to challenge themselves in new ways. Relay teams, especially with family members, are encouraged to participate.”

The event name is a nod to the buffalos that graze at Shelby Farms and its proximity to a shooting range. Annie Oakley was an American sharpshooter and became a renowned international star who entertained and traveled with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show from 1885 through the turn of the century.

For information or to volunteer for the event, visit or contact Pam Routh at 901.550.2114 or

By Colleen May