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Lakes to Pines Triathlon coming up next weekend throughout PR area

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The annual Lakes to Pines Triathlon is Saturday, June 14 in Park Rapids.

As a fundraiser for the Park Rapids Swimming & Diving programs, participation benefits more than 100 kids annually. The 500 yard swim is held in the Park Rapids Area Pool and the 14.7 mile bike ride and 5K run will depart from the High School and finish on the High School track.

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Participants ages 13 and up can compete as an individual or on a two or three person team. The maximum number of entries is 100.

The bike route is a double loop course. The first loop leaves the transition area in the high school parking lot near the pool heading southwest through the Community Center parking lot and then left onto Helten Avenue to Highway 34. Turn right onto Highway 34 west to 129th Avenue then right onto 129th Avenue. At Highway 71, turn right and head south to Main Avenue and take another right onto Monico Lane. Continue on Monico Lane to Helten for the second loop.

Upon finishing the bike ride, take a left at the Community Center parking lot from Helten, which will lead to the transition area for the start of the run.

The 5K route leaves the transition area in the high school parking lot near the pool heading west. Cross Helten Avenue (watch for bikers) and run along the trail behind Century Elementary School to the Monico Lane exit. Turn left onto Monico Lane heading west and then take a right on Western Avenue to the turnaround. Turn left onto Helten Avenue (watch for bikers) and take another left onto the practice football fields across to the high school track and the finish line.

Participants can pick up their packets from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 13 at the Park Rapids Area High School pool entrance or from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. the day of the race. There is a participant meeting at 8:30 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m.

For more information or to register for the event go to www.lakestopines.com.

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