Bear Creek Lake Park is preparing to host the third annual Bear It All triathlon and duathlon and still needs some volunteers to help with the event.
The race will start at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the park, 15600 Morrison Road. There are spaces for 250 triathletes and 50 duathletes.
“We consistently hear comments about how much fun the track is,” said Tom Sebastiani, race director. “This race is a little more beginner friendly, and it’s a way for us to give back to the community.”
A portion of the registration fees from this year’s event will go to Camp Paha, Lakewood’s day camp for children and young adults with disabilities.
“The Bear It All organizers were looking for an organization to partner with, and the proceeds would go to that group and we were really interested,” said Mark Snow, Camp Paha executive director. “We need to provide 30 or so volunteers for the funds to go to us.”
Volunteers can be anyone who wants to help organize the race, and make sure things go smoothly on the race day.
“This is a great opportunity for people who aren’t sure how to help Camp Paha to do so,” Snow said.
The triathlon kicks off with a 1,000 meter swim in Big Soda Lake, run 50 yards up the beach into transition and complete an 11 mile mountain bike course. The final portion is a four mile trail run.
The duathlon begins with a 2.3 mile trail run, followed by the same 11 mile mountain bike course, and then a four mile trail run to wrap the race up.
Sebastiani said that everything is near the swim beach this year, which gives families and children who aren’t participating something to do while waiting for the race to finish.
After the race, Fippin Flapjacks will be at the finish line serving participants all the pancakes, sausage and orange juice they can eat, according to Sebastiani.
The Bear It All race is a chance not only for people to try out a triathlon or marathon in a less pressured setting, but also do something to help people in the community.
“I wanted to put together a race that would give back, and I think it’s great if we can help out with a camp that helps disabled people,” Sebastiani said.
For more information, to register to participate or volunteer, visit www.bearevents.org.