Step Outdoors Tryathlon & 5K Run / Walk is September 21

Step Outdoors Tryathlon & 5K Run / Walk is September 21A medallion like those pictured will be awarded to each finisher in the Sept. 21 Tryathlon and 5K Trail Run/Walk. Provided photo.

The 12th Annual Step Outdoors Tryathlon and 5K Trail Run/Walk will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Hills Creek State Park, located at 111 Spillway Rd., and seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township via Charleston Street and Hills Creek Lake Road.

There are no competitive categories in the triathlon or 5K. Every finisher will receive a medallion.

Those who preregister by Sunday, Sept. 1 will be guaranteed a free event T-shirt in the size they order. 

Check-in time and registration on Sept. 21 are from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the tent between the park’s bathhouse and concession stand. The pre-race talk for all entrants, especially those participating for the first time, will be at 9:45 a.m.

Individuals of all ages can take part in this triathlon. Those who want to go solo can do all three legs of the event themselves or two or three people can form a team and do them. The event also includes a 5K stand-alone option for runners and walkers who only want to do the 5K.

The triathlon will start with the 5K on park roads and trails around the perimeter of Hills Creek Lake. All runners and walkers, whether they are participating in the 5K only or the triathlon, will start at the same time and location and follow the same course. 

The next leg of the triathlon is a paddling event on the lake with competitors either kayaking or canoeing a 1.75-mile course identified with temporary markers. The triathlon will end with bikers traveling eight miles on a course of dirt and hardtop roads in and around the park.

The focus of the Step Outdoors Tryathlon is on trying rather than winning, on camaraderie rather than competition, and on personal challenge rather than place of finish.That is the reason age and gender categories were eliminated in 2015.

A great introductory event for the novice, the triathlon is also for the seasoned tri-athlete because of its unique course. 

Register online or download a printable registration form by visiting www.stepoutdoors.org.

The deadline to register online is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Those who mail in a registration form must download it, complete it, and mail it to Wellsboro Parks and Recreation, Attention: Tryathlon, 227 Nichols St., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901 in time to ensure it arrives by Tuesday, Sept. 17. Checks should be made payable to the Step Outdoors Tryathlon.

Individuals who register online for the 5K Trail Run/Walk will pay a $20 entry fee; to do the three legs of the triathlon solo, a $25 entry fee; and to do the triathlon as a member of a two- or three-person team, a $60 entry fee. There is also a processing fee. 

Those who register by mail or on Sept. 21, the day of the event for the 5K only will pay a $25 entry fee; solo entrants for the triathlon will pay a $30 entry fee and two- and three-person teams will pay a $65 entry fee. Also any surplus event T-shirts will be available for purchase while supplies last at registration on race day. 

More information and past results are posted at www.stepoutdoors.org. Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Wellsboro/StepOutdoorsTryathlon5K?remMeAttempt= for the best price and before Sept. 1 for an event shirt.

Or, for more information, including about renting bikes, kayaks or canoes, contact Tim Morey by calling (570) 724-8561 or emailing tmorey@pa.gov

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