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North Branch Triathlon Set for Oct. 9
Last year's inaugural North Branch Triathlon was such a success that there was no doubt it would return this autumn as part of the North Branch Arts Festival in Wyalusing.
The event, which includes a five-mile canoe trip, a 12.8-mile bicycle race and a four-mile foot race, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, starting at 10 a.m. at the Terrytown Access on the Susquehanna River.
The boaters will race downriver to Endless Mountain Outfitters in Sugar Run.
From there, the cyclists will race on a fast, flat course that takes them through Wyalusing to Camptown before heading back to the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church parking lot.
There the running segment of the race will begin. The course takes the competitors east on Rt. 6 to Bowling Alley Road that they will take until cutting across to Rt. 706 for the final leg back to the overall finish line on Main Street in Wyalusing.
A field of competitors, limited to 250 participants, in team and individual competition, will attempt to improve on last year's impressive winning times.
Team Believe—boaters Bob Swislosky and Scott Jordan, biker Steve Hudyncia and runner Mike Hudyncia—were the overall winners in a time of 1:31:39.
Bill Wenrich was the first individual male to finish with a time of 1:40:37.
Carrie Moore was the first female finisher in a time of 2:19:43.
With a limit on the number of competitors, interested participants are asked to pre-register by Sept. 30. In addition to ensuring themselves a spot in the race, the team or individual will receive a $5 discount on the registration fee.
Pre-registration fees are $40 per individual and $25 for each team member.
Race day registration will be held in the parking lot of the Wyalusing Valley High School beginning at 8:15 a.m. and ending at 9:15 a.m.
Race day registration fees are $45 per individual and $30 per team member.
All participants will be asked to sign a waiver at the registration desk that will be set up at the Terrytown Access.
All boaters must wear personal flotation devices and all cyclists must wear ANGI helmets.
Recreational canoes must be under 17 feet long and weigh over 50 pounds. Recreational kayaks must be unmodified.
Prizes will be awarded in a number of categories that include gender, age and competitive experience.
Teams can have two, three or four members. However, a two-person team will compete against three- or four-member teams.
All competitors will receive a complimentary chicken dinner after the race.
The event is hosted by the Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce (GWCC) and sponsored by the Wyalusing Lions Club.
For more information, call the GWCC at (570) 746-4922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration forms are also available at the www.northbrancharts.com website.