The eighth annual Race For Grace Triathlon is set for Saturday morning starting at 7 a.m.

This the first of three triathlons held in the area over the next month. The annual Sunfish Summer Triathlon will be held July 13 at Bonita Lakes Park in Meridian. Then on July, the 35th annual Heart O' Dixie Triathlon will be run, starting at Lake Tiak-O'Khata and ending up at the Neshoba County Fair.

The Race Of Grace Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event. Proceeds from the triathlon benefit the mission programs are Cooks United Methodist Church and the Mars Hill United Methodist Church.

Sam Hudson has won the Race For Grace for the past three years. Hudson finished last year with a time of 1:13:06, which took a little longer than the 1:10.26 mark he set in 2011.

Race For Grace starts with a .25 mile swim which will be a one turn v shaped course in a privately owned lake located at 10391 Rd. 614 Philadelphia. There is a five second interval start according to estimated swim times.

Competitors will then move to the bike course which is an in-and-out loop course that covers 18 miles of rolling hills, a couple of steep climbs and some fast areas. The bike courses returns competitors to the start line where they will then run a 5K. That course is also in-and-out.

Mail-in registration has closed, and you can register online through June 27. For more information, go to the Race For Grace Triathlon website.