2010-07-15 / Sports

Rudyard Lions Club To Host Annual Triathlon and 5K Run July 25

The annual Rudyard Lions Triathlon and 5K run is the first leg of the third annual Upper Peninsula Triathlon Triple Crown, which also includes the established triathlon race in Curtis August 14, and a race in Grand Marais September 5. Participants who choose to enter all three races will be eligible for additional awards. Athletes interested in the U.P. Triathlon Triple Crown can register at the Rudyard event Sunday, July 25.

The Rudyard Lions Summerfest Triathlon and 5K run will be Sunday, July 25, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot at the Rudyard Area Schools Larry G. Davis swimming pool. The triathlon begins with a 5K run. Next is the 15-mile bicycle course that follows the I-75 Business Spur east to Kallio Road, circles Kinross Lake, and returns back to the Rudyard swimming pool for a 1/2K swim. Registration fee to participate in the individual triathlon is $32 before Thursday, July 15, and $35 if returned after July 15.

All contestants, including those choosing to do just the 5K run, start at the same time. The 5K participant entry fee is $15 if submitted before Thursday, July 15, and $17 after that date.

Teams with two or three individuals joining together are welcome, with team members choosing to run, bike, or swim. Team entry fee for two or three members is $75 per team before Thursday, July 15, and $81 after.

The Rudyard Lions Club event that coincides with the triathlon is called the Lions Team Challenge. The Lions Challenge has three Rudyard Lions members challenging members of other Lions Clubs, service groups, organizations, or just neighborhood buddies, to join in friendly competition.

For the winning team in the Lions Challenge, the Rudyard Lions Club will write a check to their favorite nonprofit group or charity for $250. This year the Lions Challenge fee for each team of two or three people is $75. It is suggested that Lions Challenge participants get pledges or sponsors to defray the cost of entry.

The Rudyard Lions Triathlon and 5K race is endorsed by the Governors' Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports which makes participants older than 18 years of age in the 5K or triathlon eligible to register for the 2011 lottery to have an opportunity to be one of 400 participants to run over the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day. This Lions Club event is also affiliated with the Upper Peninsula Road Runners Club.

All participants are invited to stay for lunch and are eligible for door prizes. Money raised by the triathlon and 5K races is used by the Rudyard Lions Club to support projects at the local, Michigan, and international levels. As with all Lions Club fundraisers, no funds are used for club administration.

Those wishing more information can contact Joni Andary at 478- 3205 or Gary Davis at garydavis@ cneturytel.net or 478-5244.

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