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Hague to host North Country Triathlon

Hague to host North Country Triathlon HAGUE Hague will host more than 300 athletes as its hosts the inaugural North Country Triathlon June 30. The Olympic distance event will feature a 1.5-kilometer swim at Hague beach, a 40-kilometer bike ride from Hague to Ticonderoga and back and a 10-kilometer run from Hague beach to Silver Bay and back. In the world of triathlons and Ironmans, its doable, said Randy Engler, race director. An Ironman triathlon is a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. The race will be limited to 350 athletes, who can compete as individuals or as relay teams. We want to make it a small event, Engler said. Hague is small hamlet and we dont want anything out of character for the community, while providing people with a fun, healthy thing to do. Entry fee is $65 for individuals and $100 for relay teams. More information is available online at www.northcountrytri.com The triathlon will begin at 7:30 a.m. It will conclude with an awards ceremony at the Hague beach at 1 p.m. Engler said the race will benefit Hope Lodge in Burlington, Vt. The American Cancer Societys Hope Lodge in Burlington provides free lodging for cancer patients. Located near Fletcher Allen Health Care it can currently only accommodate five patients at one time. Plans call for a new Hope Lodge that will triple the capacity of the existing building, making state-of-the-art residential facilities available for nearly 2,000 guests each year who cannot afford accommodations near their cancer treatment. Hope Lodges Quality of Life Center will house American Cancer Society programs, as well as cancer prevention, detection and patient outreach staff. My goal is to create a fun, safe race and have a positive social impact, which is why weve connected with Hope Lodge, Engler said. We also hope to have a positive environment impact and start a recycling program in Hague. Hague is an ideal place to hold a triathlon, Engler said. Our family has had a place in Hague for about 100 years, Engler said. Ive been going to Hague since I was a baby as my dad as. Its very close to me.

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