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Lake George/SSF Sprint Triathlon Lake George/SSF Sprint Triathlon

SKOWHEGAN The first annual Lake George/SSF Sprint Triathlon route will be lined with American flags and pink flamingos. This community event will celebrate the hard work of volunteers, donor support and the amazing efforts of participants.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. at the Boat Launch of Lake George where participants will swim 1/4 mile to the West Shore. Here, participants will then transition to their bikes for a 15-mile bike ride to Somerset Sports and Fitness, via the Oak Pond Road, East River Road and the Waterville Road. At SSF, there will be the transition to a four-mile out and back run that takes runners by New Balance and Skowhegan Savings, through neighborhoods and on the beautiful scenic River Walk. 

This community partnership between the Park and Somerset Sports and Fitness center promotes healthy living and showcases the community. With over 140 participants signed up for the Triathlon, this event is taking shape. The support from many area businesses to make this event possible has been huge. Dozens of folks have converged on Lake George Regional Park for training. An increase in bikers and runners can be seen daily in Skowhegan and Canaan. Social media has been driving folks to meet to train together and grow this event. This partnership allows for a wonderful outdoor active event in the community that should draw hundreds of interested people of all ages from all over New England.  

People looking to watch the race can watch from many beautiful places. Just remember the logistics of parking/traffic when you choose your spot to watch: the first and foremost concern is to create a safe race for our participants. At Lake George, the island view will allow spectators to watch the entire swim wave by wave! Any place along the river to watch the bikers will be a very nice vantage point. Back at SSF, there is plenty of room to stand and watch the bikers come in to start their run. The run route is vast, and the River Walk is full of spectacular views of the river. Don't worry if you want to see the finish, there is plenty of room at the Finish Line back at SSF. 

Parking is the biggest hurdle at the starting line, and space is limited. Participants will be allowed to park vehicles at the Boat Launch (East Entrance) until full. Spectators may park on West Side until lot is full. Overflow parking at Lake George is available at the Lake George Regional Park Office on Route 2 just up beyond the East Entrance on the left. Vehicles will be held in parking areas until the last biker leaves and vehicles are asked not to follow bikes. Vehicles may head west on Route 2 and head towards Skowhegan to Somerset Sports and Fitness to see the Bike Finish, Run Start and Race Finish. Somerset Sports and Fitness here will be very limited parking at the SSF campus. All parking at the SSF area will be closed at 9 a.m. and no cars will be able to leave their SSF

"We are bringing the community together as much as possible in this endeavor to show visitors what Somerset County has to offer," said Park Director Jeff McCabe.

Lake George Regional Park, managed for public use by Lake George Corporation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, does not receive funding from the state. If this event is successful, any proceeds will be used for park improvements that promote access. The park will have several major projects in coming months and over the next year.

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