Triathlon returns to Hague

HAGUE - The fourth annual North Country Triathlon will return to Hague this June.

It is scheduled for Saturday, June 26, at 8 a.m., starting and finishing at the Hague beach.

The event provides an athletic event, while generating interest and funding for several social and environmental issues. This year's race will benefit One Percent For The Planet.

"North Country Events has teamed up with One Percent For The Planet because we believe that the sustainability of the natural environment is fundamental to the sustainability of business," Randy Engler, race director, said. "One Percent For The Planet recognizes that industry and ecology are inherently connected. It's about realizing the positive effects of connecting businesses, consumers and nonprofits through philanthropy. And it's about understanding that the true cost of doing business can be mitigated by a simple pledge to the planet.

"North Country Events promotes challenging, multi-sport events designed to have the greatest impact on healthy life-styles and the least amount of impact on the environment," he said.

Last year the race attracted 400 athletes.

The North Country Triathlon offers racers Olympic and sprint distance courses.

The sprint course is made up of a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike ride and a 5K run.

The Olympic course features a mile swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run.

Both races start at the Lake George Land Conservancy beach, adjacent to Hague Beach. Swimmers go south toward Jenkin's Point and return.

Competitors then mount their bikes. The 40K course heads to Ticonderoga and up Chilson hill and back, while the 20K course goes south on Route 8 up Graphite Mountain to West Hague Road to the New Hague Road back to the beach.

Both runs go south on Route 9N toward Silver Bay and back.

Paul Fronhofer of Argyle won the Olympic distance event in 2009. He completed the mile swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run in 2 hours, 13 minutes, 24 seconds.

Matt Dykhuizen of Shrewsbury, Mass., was second in 2:15:45.

Kevin Crossman of South Glens Falls won the sprint race. He completed the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and 5K run in 1:10:56. Crossman won the Olympic distance event in Hague last year.

Christopher Reap of Amherst, N.H., was second in 1:23:40.

For more information on the North Country Triathlon, learn about the charities it supports, volunteer or to register for this year's event, visit www.NorthCountryTri.com

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