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Hagerstown Sprint Triathlon sells out in first year

July 20, 2007|by ANDREW MASON

For the runners, cyclists and swimmers who did not sign up in time for the first Hagerstown Sprint Triathlon, to be held next weekend at Marty Snook Park, there's at least some good news: There's always next year.

Race director Ken Racine promised that Washington County's only triathlon will become an annual event.

The youth race will be held at 6:30 p.m. on July 28 and the adult race at 7 a.m. on July 29. Both races, which are being hosted by the new Hub City Triathlon Club, have reached their entry limits - 72 kids and 240 adults.

"The interest was so great, we sold out on both a good five weeks before the event," Racine said. "We knew the market was probably going to be good, and we're thrilled to death that we're sold out."

The youth race, for ages 8-13, is a 100-meter swim, 2-mile bike ride and .75-mile run, in that order.

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"Our whole motto is fitness for life," said the 40-year-old Racine, a Williamsport resident and longtime triathlete. "We want to teach young kids how to be active and how to compete."

The adult race is a 300-meter swim, 11.5-mile ride and 3.1-mile run. The opening swim legs will be held in the park's pool, with heats of 12 competitors beginning every 10 minutes from 7 to 10:20 a.m. The man and woman with the best overall times at the end of the day will be the champions, but not necessarily the first ones to finish because of the different start times.

"We don't have anyone considered pro, but we certainly have some of the top age-groupers in the area," Racine said. "There are a lot of up-and-comers."

Racine said about a third of the entrants are from the county. The rest are from all over the Mid-Atlantic region.

"Not only are we able to offer a race to the triathlon community, we've been able to expand the sport," Racine said. "Over a hundred of the athletes are first-time triathletes."

Proceeds from the event will go to the Literacy Council of Washington County.

For more information, visit the Hub City Triathlon Club's Web site at www.hubcitytriclub.com.

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