For the 39th year the Megunticook Race Festival will put athletes to the test in water, on bikes and their feet, as they navigate through various landscapes and Megunticook Lake on Saturday, Aug. 31.

The event features three triathlons (sprint, Olympic and Olympic relay) a 5-kilometer road race and children's fun run, with festivities starting at 8:30 a.m. Most things revolve around Barrett's Cove on Megunticook Lake.

Participants can sign-up as individuals or race with friends and family as a team by visiting Registrations day of the event also will be accepted.

Festival director Scott Layton, in his third year as director, has seen the success of the races first-hand. The event was run by Maine Sport Outfitters for most of four decades before being taken over by other organizations in recent years.

"This area is very active and there is a pretty big triathlon community here," said Layton. "That has remained the same over the years as the [festival] has changed hands over the years. Thirteen years ago it was very popular, then it fell off a little bit, and now we've brought it back. As far as our area this is the only [triathlon] in our area.

"I'm waiting to see what this year will be like. [In the past few years] we've been able to provide different things. Due to the location of Barrett's Cove we've had to cap the bikes at 200, and we are pretty much there. [The festival] can't get a whole lot bigger, until we maybe decide we want to make it a two-day event."

The Olympic course will feature a 0.75-mile swim, 23.5-mile bike ride and 6.6-mile run, which is open to individuals and teams. The bike route can be viewed here, and the run route here.

The sprint course, open to individuals only, will feature a 750-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 3.2-mile run. The bike route can be viewed here, and the run route here.

The 5K will follow a course similar to the sprint course run. Participants should note this run may be slightly longer than a traditional 5K, which is 3.1 miles.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three overall finishers, and recognition for the fastest racer in each 10-year age groups.

The children's fun run, which is free, starts at 8:30 a.m.; Olympic triathlon at 9 a.m.; sprint triathlon at 9:05 a.m. and 5K between 9:30-9:45 a.m. (once all bikes are out of transition).

Check in is 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. for all races and there will be a mandatory prerace meeting on the beach at 8:45 a.m.

There also will be morning snacks, a postrace food truck and a beer tent. All racers 21-and-older will receive a free beer ticket.

Funds raised from the Megunticook Race Festival will benefit One Community Many Voices (OCMV), a 501c3 based in Rockland.

OCMV uses a model called The Art of Good Fellowship — Paying it Forward One Neighbor at a Time, OCMV works with our MidCoast neighbors to help craft their destinies by providing small boosts that unlock skills and potential … and create possibilities. OCMV provides proactive funding solutions to prevent a temporary barrier turning into a financial, self-confidence, or well-being crisis when no other resources are available. The barriers we focus on relate to: youth aspirations, senior independent living, well-being, transportation, and employment/skill development.

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