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11th Annual Osprey Triathlon - September 22, 2010

Crossing the Finish Line

Over four hundred athletes will descend on Public Landing Saturday morning at 9 a.m. for Maryland Coastal Bay’s largest fundraiser, the 11th Annual Osprey Sprint Triathlon.

This sprint distance triathlon includes a half-mile swim in Chincoteague Bay, a 15-mile bike course and a 3-mile run on the rural roads surrounding the area. Proceeds from entrance fees and sponsorships raise money to support the bays behind Ocean City and Assateague Island. The magnificent setting of Public Landing is a natural fit for the triathlon since it showcases our estuary so well and provides the perfect course for swimming, running and biking.

The first osprey race 10 years ago was the brainchild of former Coastal Bays Program Director David Blazer. With planning help from triathlon organizers from the American Cancer Society in Salisbury, Blazer, his staff and a great group of 90 volunteers made the event a success, with 138 athletes and $18,000 raised for the Program.

The response from racers is overwhelmingly positive, with competitors proclaiming it to be one of the best settings available in the region, providing a challenging, safe and fun course and helpful volunteers. Last year was our most successful triathlon to date, with over 450 athletes participating bringing in more than $35,000. In addition to attracting additional racers each year, the annual race has become a spectator attraction, with more than 1,000 gathering along the route and at the finish line to cheer on the racers.

Coastal Bays staffer Sandi Smith is this year’s race organizer and  is continuing to help make the race more environmentally friendly. Instead of mailing 3,000 brochures, she used the internet and email to promote the triathlon. More recycling bins will be on site the day of the race and any leftover food will be donated to a local charity. Our winners will receive medals made from recycled bike chains, which can be converted to a keychain.

It is no small task to prepare for such a large outdoor athletic event, so we count on the help of volunteers to make the day run smoothly. MCBP utilizes the services of more than 100 volunteers who help ensure the success of the event. Volunteers are needed to help with course preparation on Friday afternoon, as well as Saturday morning. They are stationed at areas along the transition area, and along the swim, bike and run routes to cheer on racers. They also help to close down the event, including removing the finish line, disassembling the bike racks, helping to corral trash and recyclables and packing up race materials.

And the exceptional partnerships with the Worcester County Department of Public Works, the State Highway Administration,  the United States Lifesaving Association, the Natural Resources Police, Stephen Decatur High School and Atlantic General Hospital truly make this event possible.

MCBP also couldn’t make this event a success without the help of sponsors. This year we’d like to thank the following businesses for their financial support: Seacrets, M & T Bank, Bahia Marina, Thrasher’s Fries, Gismondi Insurance, Taylor Bank, Francis Scott Key Motel, OC Wasabi,  Delmarva Power,  Newport Realty, Hi-Tide Marine Construction, Ocean City Chiropractic Clinic, Halls Restaurant, the Original Greene Turtle, Bike Sport, Pepsi, Kool Ice, and Worcester County Tourism,

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Sandi Smith at 410-213-2297 ext.107 or sandis@mdcoastalbays.org. For race information go to www.mdcoastalbays.org/osprey/info.php.

 


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