2012-07-19 / Sports

Rudyard Triathlon, 5K Run Set For July 29

The annual Rudyard Lions Tri- athlon and 5K run Sunday, July 29, is the first leg of the fifth annual Upper Peninsula Triathlon Triple Crown, which also includes the established triathlon races in Curtis Saturday, August 4, and in Grand Marais Sunday, September 2. 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 29.

The Rudyard Lions Summerfest Triathlon and 5K run will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot at the Rudyard Area School’s Larry G. Davis swimming pool. The triathlon begins with a 5K run on a paved “out and back” course. Next is the bicycle course of 24.3K or 15.1 miles that follows the I-75 Business Spur east to Kallio Road, circles Kinross Lake, and returns to the Rudyard swimming pool for a 1/2K swim, 22 lengths of the pool. Registration fee to participate in the individual triathlon is $32 before Sunday, July 15, and $35 after July 15.

Since the Rudyard triathlon starts with the run, all contestants, including those choosing to do just the 5K run, start at the same time. Separate finish areas are designated for those only doing the 5K run and those continuing to the bicycle and swim portions of the triathlon. The 5K participant entry fee is $15 if submitted before 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 is $75 per team before July 15 and $81 after.

Coinciding with the triathlon, the Rudyard Lions issue the Lions Team Challenge. The Lions Challenge has three Rudyard Lions members inviting members of other Lions Clubs, service groups, organizations, or friends, to join in a friendly competition. Organizers with the club say they offer their team of “upper middle–aged, less than peak physically conditioned, but highly motivated” Rudyard Lions triathletes against the best other teams can come up with.

If one team triumphs over all of the other teams 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. Lions Challenge participants may 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 2013 lottery to have an opportunity to be one of the only 400 participants to run over the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day. This Lions Triathlon and the U.P. Triathlon Triple Crown are 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.

For more information, visit www.rudyardlionstriathlon.org, or contact Joni Andary at (906) 478- 3205 or Gary Davis at (906) 478- 5244.

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