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September 6, 2013

Second annual YMCA Triathlon coming Saturday

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As with last year’s race, individuals may sign up for the race as a team, with up to three people allowed per team.

Klene anticipates the race concluding around 10 or 10:15 a.m., and requests local homeowners around Lake Santee to watch out for runners and bikers in the neighborhood Sept. 7.

Also like last year’s triathlon, the 2013 edition is again formally sanctions by USA Triathlon (USAT). USAT is that national governing body of multi-sport events such as triathlons and duathlons, among others.

For 2013, Klene has lowered the minimum age for participation from 20 to 13.

“We obviously did that to attract more participants,” the coordinator said, “but we also learned that USAT guidelines are the same for this age group.”

Lowering the age has indeed attracted a few extra participants for 2013, with somewhere around four or five people in the 13-to-19-year-old age group signed up, according to Klene.

With 16 age groups in the 2013 triathlon, the order of the day will be goodies and awards.

For starters, everyone who enters receives a free tee-shirt, while everyone who finishes will also receive an award.

Klene explained, “The male and female winner in each age division gets a medal and the overall male and female winners get a trophy.”

There will also be free goodie bags and post-race snacks, including water and Gatorade.

Complimentary, post-race massages will also be available to all participants, Klene said, with two certified masseuses on site to work the knots out of overworked muscles.

The entry fee for USAT members is $65, while the fee for non-USAT members is $77. Teams may enter the event for $110, but each non-USAT member will be charged an additional $12 cost to participate.

The bulk of entry-fee money, according to Klene, will go into the YMCA general fund. The $12 collected from non-USAT team members, however, will be paid to the USAT.

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