2013-08-15 / Sports

Triathlon set for Saturday

MANISTIQUE – Organizers are putting together the final details for the annual city of Manistique Paul Bunyan Triathlon on Aug. 17.

The event was created in 2012 as a fundraiser to maintain and improve Central Park. In its inaugural event, 11 individuals took to the challenge, along with three teams – for a total of 19 participants. Twenty-one had originally registered.

Low participation that year could be attributed to the last minute change in the event date, preventing athletes from planning accordingly. The date change was needed in order to meet insurance requests for the swimming portion and changing the planned bicycle route.

This year, the triathlon will include a 400 yard swim in Quarry Lake, a 16 mile bike ride and 5K run. The event will start and finish at Central Park in Manistique.

Late registrations will be accepted on Saturday morning. Check-in on race day is open from 7:30 -8:30 a.m. Participants are asked to be on time to ensure a timely start of the race at 9 a.m.

The Tannery Road will be closed from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday. The event should not, however, restrict residents from leaving their home for any errands they might have during this time period.

Although all athletes are instructed to watch for traffic, motorists are advised to use caution when traveling in the race routes.

Spectators are encouraged to show support throughout the race.

For further information on the Paul Bunyan Triathlon, contact Manistique Recreation Director Bill Pohlman at (906) 341-2290 or email him at manistiquerecreation@live.com.

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