Apr 122012


Published by: Delmarva.com

A new multi-sport event will take place this September to benefit the first responders of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company.

The Bethany Beach First Responders Sprinternational Triathlon-Duathlon, a USA Triathlon-sanctioned event, will be held Sept. 23. Registration is now open, and early registers are eligible to win lottery-style giveaways.

The triathlon will feature a 1,000-meter ocean swim, a 30K bike ride and a 7K run, while the duathlon will be a 1K beach run, a 30K bike run and a 7K run.

Director Rick Hundley said after the Make-A-Wish Foundation announced it was moving its annual triathlon from Sea Colony to Cambridge, Md., he was inundated with emails and calls about replacing the event.

Organizers weren’t trying to deter people from attending the Make-A-Wish event, but allow for a 27-year tradition to continue, he said.

“We think Bethany Beach is a great venue for a triathlon and duathlon,” Hundley said. “There’s not many triathlons where you can do an open ocean swim.”

The transition area for swimmers will be on Garfield Parkway and Atlantic Avenue, which is a great way to get the community involved, Hundley said.

The bike and run will encompass Bethany, North Bethany, the Indian River Inlet Bridge and South Bethany. The finish line will be at the Bandstand on the Boardwalk.

“When you put a triathlon in the town like that it gets the spectators that have never witnessed a triathlon,” he said. “I think its great exposure for the sport, health and fitness.”

Partnering with the fire company was “a good fit,” Hundley said, as it will raise awareness about the services the BBVFC and its first responders provide to the community.

“We are excited to bring this new event to the area and to donate the proceeds to such terrific organizations,” said Ernie Felici, race producer. “We are confident that locals and guests, and local businesses, will rally for our first responders.”

Finishing and age group medals will be awarded. There will also be a post-race party.

Race packet pick-up, which will feature a pasta dinner buffet, a sports expo and a health fair for all athletes and their guests, will be at the BBVFC from 4-8 p.m., Sept. 22. Tickets for the pasta dinner will be available for $12 for adults and $5 children under 10.

Monte Wisbrock, president of the BBVFC, said he’s thankful for the organizers, and those who will participate.

“Only with support like this are we able to serve the community,” he said.

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