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12th Annual Osprey Sprint Triathlon - September 19, 2011

The Maryland Coastal Bays Program invites you to volunteer for or participate in their 12th Annual Osprey Sprint Triathlon at Public Landing near Snow Hill on October 1, 2011.

The event is $75 per person to participate and you can register through www.active.com.  Ocean City hotels have graciously sponsored our event and are also offering discounts to participants desiring overnight accommodations. Volunteers get free race t-shirts.

The annual triathlon, the program’s largest fundraiser, is limited to 500 participants and draws close to 1,500 people in total attendance. Participants and their families come from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and the Washington D.C. area.

The triathlon is a multi-sport event involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance events. While many variations of the sport exist, a triathlon, in its most popular form, involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances.

Since having both a safe and fun race is paramount to who we are, triathletes compete for the fastest overall course completion time, including timed "transitions" between the individual swim, bike, and run.  If you want to be efficient in the transition, you need to learn how to do a few things at once and keep moving in a seamless, fluid motion. Know what things you can do while running or riding or on the run-up to the transition zone and what you have to do before leaving.

The swim is an in-water start with plenty of room to spread out and properly seed yourself. The .5-mile swim will be held in the shallow (4 to 8 feet) Chincoteague Bay. Average water temperature is 68° and wetsuits are permitted.

Racers will exit out of the water, enter the transition area, and change from their swim gear and into their cycling gear.

The 15.2-mile bike route is a flat circular course and the cycling stage proceeds around a marked course on public roads. The roads are not closed to automobiles; however, traffic coordinators will be present to help control traffic.

The cycling stage finishes back at the same transition area. Racers enter the transition area, rack their bicycles, and quickly change into running shoes before heading out for the final stage.

The 3.1-mile run is flat, on the roads surrounding the rural countryside of southern Worcester County, with the finish line at the Public Landing Boat Pavilion.

To register for this event please visit www.active.com and search 12th Annual Osprey Sprint Triathlon or visit our website at www.mdcoastalbays.org/osprey-triathlon. The timing results can be checked at www.lmsports.com.

The nearly $30,000 raised at the event will help protect water quality and wildlife habitat in the sensitive bays behind Ocean City and Assateague and continue the Coastal Bays Program’s important public education programs.

If you have any questions about the race, your application, volunteering, or need further information please contact Sandi Smith at 410-213-2297 ext. 107 or email at sandis@mdcoastalbays.org. See you race weekend. Good Luck!!
Taylor is an intern at the Coastal Bays Program.
 


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