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Thursday, August 12, 2010

About: The Luray Triathlon

This is the weekend of the Luray tri's - two races held on Saturday and Sunday. 

There is a downloadable brochure on the event's home page here:  http://luraytriathlon.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Luray_Packet_Info_v2_10.pdf

There are a couple of reasons to love this event, even if you are not a race participant.  The main one is the support it brings to the local Luray and Page County communities in hosting the event, since the triathlon gives back a portion of the race proceeds to the local communities. In 2009, more than $10,000 was donated to the United Way of Page County, and another $8,000 went to other community organizations including: Luray Downtown Initiative, Luray Volunteer Rescue, Shenandoah Volunteer Rescue Squad, Luray Christian Church, Luray Parks & Recreation Department, Luray Police Dept and the Page County Sheriff's Office.

That's to say nothing about the impact on the local tourist industry from all the out of town guests.  It's a great thing to be part of!

Saturday's International is a combination of a 1500 meter swim, a 25-mile bike ride, and a 10K run.  Sunday's race is the Sprint, combining a 750 meter swim, a 16.5-mile bike ride, and a 5K run.  I can hardly think of a time that I've encounter so much enthusiasm and energy so early in the morning as you do helping with race day registration. 

Here's a video of the route.  This is a nice bit of work by Jenny Ruley, showing off our beautiful Valley.

Luray Triathlon from Jenny Ruley on Vimeo.

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