Please be careful during triathlon

To the Times of Ti: My name is Randy Engler and I am the race director for the upcoming North Country Triathlon that will be held on Saturday, June 28, at Hague Beach starting at 7:30 a.m. The event is will be an Olympic distance and a Sprint distance triathlon (swim, bike and run). We are expecting well over 200 competitors from many parts of the region as well as from other states. Additionally there will be many folks from the area coming to Hague Beach to watch the race and cheer the racers on as they come across the finish line around noon on the 28th. Since this will be a large event, I wanted to take a moment and ask that you keep in mind the following to ensure a fun, and exciting event for all: If you are located anywhere on 9N from Silver Bay to Ticonderoga, please be extra careful and aware of the racers on foot or on their bikes who may be passing by your driveways when you are backing out of your drive. Slow down and take extra caution on blind corners (such as Island Harbor Dr in front of Ruah B&B) and hills as runners and cyclists will be on 9N and Route 8 outside of Hague and Ticonderoga from about 8 a.m. until around 1 p.m. Kindly brush any debris (rock & stone) away from driveway entrances next to road shoulder that might cause a runner or cyclist to fall and clear any vehicles that may block the shoulder as the racers will be using these shoulders for their safety. If you are planning on coming to Hague Beach to watch the event (and we encourage you to do so) or to run errands: Please understand that the town will be very crowded around the Beach area from about 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Please plan on possible congestion and slight delays. Parking will be very tight and spaces are limited. If it is at all possible, please consider walking or riding a bike to town that day. Please be sure that any dog is leashed on a lead from 7 a.m. to noon on race-day as cyclists are a favorite target for dogs and we want to ensure the safety of both. Your overall awareness and patience while the event is going on is greatly appreciated and will help ensure a safe, and fun event for our community. Thanks. Randy Engler Founder/Director North Country Triathlon

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