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To Do: DCH SportsMedicine Dirt, Sweat & Gears Trail Duathlon

The DCH Foundation and DCH SportsMedicine are urging all sports and recreation-minded individuals to get their cycling gear and running shoes ready. This Saturday, June 25, the system will be sponsoring its inaugural DCH SportsMedicine Dirt, Sweat & Gears Trail Duathlon at Lake Lurleen State Park.  

The event should translate into a fun day for all participants, as it will involve a 10-mile trail bike ride on the Ridge Loop Trail followed by a 5K run on the Lakeside Trail.  


For those who are not particularly adept with the bike or in terms of running, the event will also allow for team competition.  

Since 1999, the DCH SportsMedicine program has hosted a 5K run/1 mile fun walk for the community, but it is hoping that by introducing a duathlon to the equation, participants will find an enhanced new event to be especially challenging and rewarding at the same time.  

The actual events will begin at 8 a.m., and there will be a mandatory pre-race meeting at 7:30 a.m. at the starting line. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. on the day of the event.  

The minimum age for the bike trail is 12-years-old.  

The race will begin in front of the Pavilion. Bike racers will ride to the Ridge Loop Trail and complete the trail twice (approximately 10 miles), and then ride back to the starting area. From there, the race will continue on to the Lakeside Trail for a 5K run, and then on to the finish. 

Snacks will be provided before and after the race for all participating individuals, and water and sports drinks will be provided at the start/finish area.  

There will be a designated water station at the turn-around point for the 5K, but participants are asked to bring camel packs and/or water bottles for the bike trails.  

Registration fee for Individuals is $45 pre-registration and $55 for race day registration. The fee for teams is $80 pre-registration and $90 for race day registration.  

Awards will be given for the Top 3 male and Top 3 female finishers.  

All proceeds from the event will benefit the DCH SportsMedicine Fund. This DCH Foundation fund provides service and educational opportunities to area schools, colleges, recreational sports organizations and individuals. 

The fund also provides protective and preventive athletic equipment to area athletes, including breakaway safety bases for baseball and softball fields, face shields for little league baseball batting helmets, automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), and supplies/equipment for area high school athletic training rooms. In meeting its commitment to education, the DCH SportsMedicine Fund also sponsors scholarships for college student athletic trainers. 

The DCH Foundation is hoping for a good community-wide support for the event, and for the youth that will be assisted through the duathlon.

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Stan J Griffin

I am a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where I currently reside and work. I am doing regular sports and feature writing for the Tuscaloosa-based Druid City Living and also am the Alabama beat writer for Crimson Magazine. I am a 1993 graduate of the University of Alabama, where I wrote for The Crimson White. I have an extensive background in newspaper journalism, having served as a sports editor and reporter for the Delta Democrat Times, St. Clair News-Aegis, Andalusia Star-News and the St. Clair County News.

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