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Kids can be part of the event. A children's triathlon begins at approximately 11:30 a.m. (Enterprise file photo)

Pump up muscles, bike tires for Lakes to Pine Triathlon

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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

The 2012 Lakes to Pines Triathlon is June 16 in Park Rapids.

The fifth annual triathlon, sponsored by the Park Rapids Swim Boosters, includes a 500-yard swim in the Park Rapids Area High School pool, a 14.7-mile bicycle ride and 5K run.

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Participants can compete as an individual or on a two- or three-person team.

So far, there are 32 individual and 6 relay teams registered for adults and 1 youth registered for the kids triathlon, according to event organizer Angie Graham. Registration is still open.

"We have had 70+ participants in years past," Graham said. "We have switched the date this year to try to get more enjoyable weather."

The triathlon is a fundraiser for the Park Rapids Swimming program which helps pay for one assistant coach each during the girls and boys swim season, training equipment and updating equipment such as the score board, computer system, timing system touch pads and starting blocks.

The money is also used to purchase equipment for swim club throughout the year for boys and girls from first through 12th grade.

The event is made possible through local sponsors and volunteers who help during the triathlon.

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.

The day of the race, registration opens at 7 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m.

A kids triathlon is also part of the event. Ages 9 and under swim 50 yards, bike .48 miles and run .3 miles. Ages 10-12 swim100 yards, bike 1.1 miles and run .3 miles.

The kids races will start at about 11:30 a.m. after the adult triathlon is completed. Awards will be handed out at about noon.

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

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