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So I get this press release about a new triathlon & I think…ho, hum…whatever…the uber-athletes who try to kill each other at the Quad and the Edinboro Tri will be thrilled. Another event to add to their summer schedule.
But then I read it and….HOLD THE FREAKIN’ PHONE!
People, I can finally cross “triathlon” off my bucket list!
I’m going to post this on FB right now & all my fun-loving fitness peeps will be on it like white on rice. I’ll have a 20-member contingency by 2 p.m. It’s just $57, which isn’t bad for a tri…and remember, no hotel or travel costs as it’s in our own backyard. AND…note that kids as young as 9 can participate.
Erie, PA: The Erie Sports Commission (ESC) is pleased to announce that the Life’s a Beach Triathlon will be coming to Presque Isle State Park on Saturday, August 16, 2014.
The Life’s a Beach Triathlon, recently named one of the best new sports events in 2013 by SportsTravel magazine, is not your typical triathlon. The event features a 200-yard “Almost Anything Goes” swim where participants are allowed to use boogie boards, swim fins, mask and snorkels, water wings—almost anything to help them feel comfortable and enjoy the water. The bike is only five miles and is for fat tire bikes—beach cruisers and mountain bikes—as some courses may actually involve stretches of beach riding. The two-mile run is laid back and includes some of the Life’s A Beach Challenges—obstacles to break it up in a fun way.
Awards at the Life’s a Beach Tri are not only for the winners. Anyone who stumbles, fumbles, hulas, limbos or crawls across the finish will get a cool, themed award for their efforts. Top Slacker awards – those who enjoy the race the longest – in each age group and overall will also be presented.
The Life’s a Beach Triathlon is open to participants 9 years of age and over. Register today for only $57 per person. The event will also include a free run for kids under 9. Registration for the kids run will be held the day of the event.
“It’s my goal to bring down the intimidation factor most people feel when they look at doing a triathlon,” said race founder Kip Koelsch. “Life’s A Beach Triathlon breaks that down with short distances, a user-friendly swim, no need for fancy bikes, fun obstacles and a laid back beach attitude. This is triathlon for the masses.”
“We are excited to bring the Life’s A Beach Triathlon to Erie,” said ESC Executive Director Ron Sertz. “This event will be a fun alternative to your normal triathlon and a great opportunity for families and groups of friends to compete together in a great, healthy atmosphere.”
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Well, this is an interesting event posted by Big White Trailer Timing’s Jim Lang yesterday — a Country Triathlon that starts, most appropriately, at a place we country folk all call home — The Gem City Gun Club.
Here are all the details in amusingly cute country speak:
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2013 @ 4 p.m.
Event: 2 mile bike – 400 yard swim – 8 mile bike – 3 mile run – Country BBQ
So just what is a Country Triathlon?
Well pardner, it’ll all begin at Gem City Outdoors Club, a real pretty place out in the woods. You’ll start out on that bicycle of yours, long about a two mile ride to Dave’s Pond. Right there your gonna hop off your bike and go for a dip in the Pond ‘bout 400 yards or so, then get back up on your steed and ride eight more miles back to Gem City. You’ll corral that bike a yours then go for a three mile run through some right purty trails in those Gem City woods.
After that? Well, we’ll fix you up a right nice country barbecue, play some Hank Williams songs (and a few others as well) and pass out our hay bale awards.
The Country Triathlon sponsored by our friends at AXA Advisors and some other real nice folks and let me tell ya – there ain’t nothing quite like this here event. And all proceeds benefit that YMCA you got in your neighborhood and by gol’ there ain’t a finer organization in the land.
Registration is just $50 until June 25.
The Fifth Annual North East Youth Triathlon will be held on June 1st at the North East Elementary Center.
The race distances are based on age (see application) with ages 7-16 racing individually and ages 16-18 (and still in high school) in teams.
Registration begins at 3:30 p.m., first race at 5:00. There will be a mandatory meeting for all racers at 4:45.
More information and the registration form can be found here.