Fitness weekend: Hope Triathlon, 5K hosted by YMCA July 12-13New format, venue, 3.1-mile race to benefit YMCA's LIVESTRONG program
Camden — While the Hope Triathlon will, as in recent years, continue, the event will have a different format, venue and addition for 2014.
The Penobscot Bay YMCA will continue to host the popular event, which will, this year, include the sprint triathlon on Sunday, July 13, a day after a 5-kilometer road race on Saturday, July 12.
Both events will be held in and around the Camden Snow Bowl and the Camden Parks & Recreation area. The triathlon will include a swim in Hosmer Pond.
In the past, the triathlon, now in its ninth year, centered around Hobbs Pond in Hope. But, this year, the event essentially has been moved down Barnestown Road from Hope to Camden.
The triathlon will include a quarter-mile swim in Hosmer Pond, 12.75-mile bike ride up Howe Hill Road into Hope to Route 105 back to Camden, onto Cobb Road, onto Mechanic Street and back to the Snow Bowl. The 3.1-mile run is an out-and-back course from the Snow Bowl to Camden and back, said Jasen Wood, senior program director with the YMCA.
The YMCA's race weekend is a fundraising that supports the YMCA's LIVESTRONG® and the YMCA's program for adult cancer survivors, as well as other community health initiatives, said Marcia Roberts, YMCA's development and marketing director.
"Our fundraising efforts help to offset the cost to offer this 12-week free opportunity," Roberts said.
The Run Strong 5K will be Saturday, July 12 at 10 a.m. at the Snow Bowl. The cost is $30 per person or $100 per family. The cost includes a t-shirt and the celebration cookout held that day.
The Hope Triathlon will be Sunday, July 13 at 8:30 a.m. at the Snow Bowl. The cost is $55 per person.
One can register for either or both at the YMCA at 116 Union Street in Rockport, call 236-3375 or online at penbayymca.org.
594-4401, extension 114
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