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Lighthouse Triathlon to take place Sunday, July 21

An image from the 2018 Lighthouse Triathlon in Yarmouth. This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, July 21. The Milo boat club is the start/finish and transition area. Start time is 8 a.m.
An image from the 2018 Lighthouse Triathlon in Yarmouth. This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, July 21. The Milo boat club is the start/finish and transition area. Start time is 8 a.m. - Eric Bourque

Volunteers needed to help out with annual Yarmouth event

This is the third year for the Lighthouse Triathlon in Yarmouth, which will take place Sunday, July 21, with the Milo boat club again serving as the start/finish and transition area.

The race also again gives participants a variety of options, whether they plan to compete as individuals or as members of teams.

The event offers an Olympic distance (1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10.5K run) and sprint distance (750-metre swim, 20K bike and 5K run).

The check-in period is from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m., with the race starting at 8 a.m.

That there are so many participation options is one of the great things about the event, says Bobby Lou Reardon, the Lighthouse Triathlon’s race director.

“People can do just about anything,” she said. “There’s kind of something for everybody. They can do just the bike and run. They can do just the swim and bike. They can get a team. They can do the whole thing. They can do the short distance or the long distance.”

Aside from that, she said, it’s a local event, offering Yarmouth-area people a chance to do a triathlon close to home.

“Last year we had quite a few people who did their first short-distance triathlon, so that was kind of neat,” she said.

A longtime and accomplished triathlete herself, Reardon says there is still local interest in triathlons. The Lighthouse event will be held just a couple of weeks after the Ellenwood Kids Triathlon. Participants in the kids’ event may be the adult triathletes of the future.

When interviewed for this story on July 10, Reardon said she could use a hand with this year’s race and she was hoping to get the word out about that.

“I really need volunteers,” she said. “If people want to help ... if they are interested, they could leave their name and phone number at Runner’s Attic (in downtown Yarmouth).”

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