United Way prepares for Saturday triathlon

By Anne Kirchner
August 13, 2014

The annual triathlon sponsored by the United Way of McPherson County begins Saturday, August 16, at 8 a.m., at the McPherson Water Park. The event includes a 200-meter swim, 7-mile bike ride and 2-mile run. Competitor ages range from 8 to 61.

Local residents are advised to be attentive to runners and bikers during the triathlon. All events begin and end at the McPherson Water Park. The swim leg occurs at the swimming pool. Bikers begin in the parking lot then head south on Lakeside Drive, east on Euclid, North on Maxwell, east on Northview until 17th Avenue, and then retrace back through west Lakeside Drive. Runners trek from the parking lot west on Simpson, south on Hartup, east on Euclid, north on Charles, east on Simpson, north on Eshelman, west on Sharp and then loop southwest through west Lakeside.

Volunteers wearing lime green shirts will be stationed throughout the race to keep participants on track and to ensure their safety. The police and sheriff’s departments will also be located at major intersections to provide additional support and traffic control. This year’s volunteer pool includes local law enforcement, business employees, McPherson College students, community members, United Way board members and the MHS cross country team.

All proceeds will benefit United Way of McPherson County, which is dedicated to supporting human service issues related to health, education and income.