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Get ready for the Minerva Day ‘Pant, Pedal, Paddle’ event

Paddlers and supporters at the end of the competition last year at the Olmstedville Dam.

Paddlers and supporters at the end of the competition last year at the Olmstedville Dam. Emma Corey

— It’s time to dust off your running shoes, de-garage your bike and polish up your kayak or canoe.

For the second straight year, you shall have the chance to participate in (or be an audience to) the Pant, Pedal, Paddle competition, being held in the Olmstedville vicinity on the 25th annual Minerva Day, which will happen on Saturday, June 30, commencing at 9:30 a.m.

It’s not too late at all to fill out an entry form and get your team together for this competition, which is once again being sponsored by the Minerva Service Organization (MSO). Last year nearly 25 teams ranging from one “Ironperson” participant to four teammates competed in what is essentially a triathlon involving the running of feet, the pedaling of bikes, and the paddling of small watercraft. A dedicated committee of four MSO members has been feverishly planning the event for the past few months.

The race has a shotgun-style start (minus the shotgun), beginning with the 3.4-mile run at the Olmstedville dam, continuing with a 10.4-mile bike pedaling and ending with an approximately 5.0-mile canoe or kayak (your choice) paddle, ending back at the Olmstedville Dam, where cheering fans will be present to welcome the paddlers. Food and beverage will be available at the dam for participants and supporters alike.

The entry fee is $20. The event involves cash prizes for the top-placing teams, along with attractive T-shirts for all team members. The race is not only about the fun of competing; it’s about enjoying the beauty of running along Trout Brook Road, biking the Trout Brook and Hoffman Roads and paddling down the Minerva Stream.

For information about the event, call 251-5141.

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