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Pant, Pedal, Paddle event upcoming

MINERVA-Take out your running shoes, bike, and canoe - the Minerva Service Organization is sponsoring its "Pant, Pedal, Paddle" triathalon July 2.

"It's a little bit of competition," said Selina LeMay-Klippel, who is a member of the committee planning the event, in addition to being the secretary of the Minerva Service Organization (MSO).

"It's a little bit of fun. It's a little bit of family. And it's a lot of adventure," she said.

LeMay-Klippel said the race will begin at 9 a.m. at the Olmstedville dam, rain or shine. The race includes a 3.4 mile run, a 10.4 mile bike, and a roughly 5 mile boat trip on a participant's choice of a canoe or kayak.The race ends looping back to the Olmstedville dam.

LeMay-Klippel said registration is $20 per team, which can include one to four members.

Kathy Halloran, also on the committee organizing the event, in addition to being a member of MSO, said there will be a monetary grand prize, the size of which hasn't been decided on yet, that will be awarded to the team with the fastest race time.

Halloran said, in the past the "Pant, Pedal, Paddle" event was put on by Minerva CentralSchool, before being helmed by a variety of different community organizations.

"We're bringing it back," LeMay-Klippel said. "It used to be big in the '80s."

LeMay-Klippel said the event had never before been sponsored by the MSO.

"It's just an event that several people were interested in reviving," Halloran said.

The committee had "no idea" how many people would participate in the race, Halloran said.

"Hopefully we'll get a good group," Halloran said. "But the first year of doing this you don't know who's going to respond."

It's all taking place on Minerva Day, July 2, a town-wide celebration of all things Minerva, LeMay-Klippel said. In addition to "Pant, Pedal, Paddle," the day will include garage sales, a parade, a town-wide potluck dinner, and an art show, among other events.

The day is structured to "celebrate what makes Minerva great," according to Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery-Corey.

Halloran said MSO wanted to be involved in the Minerva Day celebrations, and decided, this year, to try this.

"It's fun," Halloran said. "It's a challenge. People like competition."

Halloran added that the beautiful route should also be a draw. For additional information about the event, call 251-5141.

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