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Lakes to Pine Triathlon registration is now under way

Mid-June generally provides superb biking and running weather.

Registration is open for the 2013 Lakes to Pines Triathlon.

This year's event is Saturday, June 15 in Park Rapids.

The sixth-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.

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

The triathlon is a fundraiser for the Park Rapids Swimming program.

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

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
(218) 631-2561