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Hague triathlon benefits area groups

Sixth annual race June 30

Another not-for-profit group will benefit from the North Country Triathlon.

Another not-for-profit group will benefit from the North Country Triathlon.

— Another not-for-profit group will benefit from the North Country Triathlon.

The Hague race has been so successful in meeting its goal of charitable giving, organizers have added a another beneficiary. The Lake George Land Conservancy joins the Hope Lodge of Burlington and the Hague Volunteer Fire Department as groups receiving donations from the event.

“We’ve added Lake George Land Conservancy as one of our non-profits we donate to,” said Randy Engler, race founder. “The race continues to grow and we get more and more people coming from many states outside of the Northeast, which I think is due to the fact that we have one of the cleanest lakes in the country by far.

“People who come to our race, and the lake for the first time, are amazed and sometimes taken aback by the fact that they can see 20-30 feet below them while on the swim course,” he added. “Freaks some folks out. This is one of the reasons we thought to help support the LGLC, so we can help maintain that sense of awe and keep the lake pristine for generations to come.”

The North Country Triathlon donated $2,250 to not-for-profits last year.

“Since we began the race six years ago, our event has raised over $15,000 for our selected area and regional non-profits,” Engler said. “Our goal was always to create an event that helped give back to the surrounding communities.”

Organizers expect more than 500 athletes for the sixth annual event Saturday, June 30, in Hague.

In 2011 about 400 people finished the sprint, Olympic and relay races. They hailed from 15 states and five countries.

The North Country Triathlon is actually three races — a sprint triathlon that includes a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike ride and a 5-kilometer run; an Olympic triathlon that includes a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 40-kilometer bike ride and a 10-kilometer run; and a relay.

Races start at the Lake George Land Conservancy beach, adjacent to Hague Beach. Swimmers go south towards Jenkins 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.

For more information go online at www.northcountrytri.com.

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