It's the biggest triathalon in Athens, and it happens a week from Sunday at Sandy Creek Park. The "Tri to Beat Cancer" Triathalon is the primary fund-raiser for the Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia.
Executive Director Kim Liebowitz is expecting at least 700 people to run, bike and swim their way to fitness and fun, while pumping an estimated $100,000 into the non-profit's coffers. All the money stays in Northeast Georgia to assist cancer patients undergoing treatment in a 17-county area.
Things get underway at 7am with a 400-meter swim at Lake Chapman, then a 14-mile bike ride along U.S. 441 and through the rolling landscape of Jackson County. The competition ends with a 5-K run. After 7am, the only way in and out of Sandy Creek Park is by bicycle.
You can still enter the competition by clicking here. The entrance fee is only $70, typical of most triathalons.
Coach Vince Dooley is the honorary chair of the Tri to Beat Cancer Triathalon. Jacob Hollis is the Tri to Beat Cancer Hero. He competed last year at the age of 16. He has since been diagnosed with bone cancer is undergoing chemotherapy treatments this year.
Sponsoring the event is , a local cancer clinic. Ten physicians associated with the clinic are also helping sponsor the event, and lots of staff are participating.
There are prizes for different age groups, made by Happy Valley Pottery. And there are 140 volunteers who will help keep things running smoothly and make sure the event is a success.