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North Branch Triathlon Just Two Months Away

We may still be in the dog days of summer, but soon the chill will return to the air and the leaves will change colors.

That will only mean one thing.

It will be time once again for the North Branch Triathlon.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, the ninth edition of what has become one of the largest non-scholastic sporting events in the area will start at 9 a.m. at the Wyalusing Valley High School.

After a one-year change in 2010 to accommodate construction on the Rainbow Bridge, the course returns to the configuration that had been used previously in 2009.

From the school, the runners will cover 3.8 miles to the Terrytown boat access where the race will transition to the race’s namesake Susquehanna River.

Kayakers and canoeists will head downriver to Endless Mountain Outfitters, a 4.6-mile paddle.

There, the cyclists will hit the road, peddling down Rt. 187 to Stowell where they will turn around and head back to the finish line at the high school. The cycling phase is 15.3 miles long.

The race record over this year’s course is 1:34:50, which is held by the Rt. 220 Adventure Sales team of Mike Murphy, Brad Beckwith and Kevin Deibert.

Chaz Ross, the four-time defending Ironman champion, holds the individual record with a time of 1:41:47.

LouAnn Kramer, the three-time defending Ironwoman champion, holds the female record with a time of 2:08:01.

Rt. 220 Adventure Sales and Ross will both be gunning for consecutive win streak records. Currently, Team Believe, which won the first four races, is tied with Rt. 220 Adventure Sales at four straight wins. Ross is tied with Bill Wenrich, who won the first four Ironman races.

This year, individuals will compete in the Ironman or Ironwoman divisions in six age-groups including 19-under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-up.

There will also be male, female and mixed teams made up to two-to-four individuals.

Any entries received by Sept. 17 will pay $45 for individuals and $40 apiece for team members. After Sept. 17, the fees go up five dollars.

Registration can be done online at www.active.com.

Forms are also available at the Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce. The phone number is 570-746-4922 or email wchamber@epix.net.

The field is limited to 300 individuals and there is a three-hour time limit to conclude the race. After three hours, stragglers will be picked up off the course.

The race is part of the River Towns Race Series.

 

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