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Bookworm Triathlon will worm through Scottdale July 19

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 9:03 p.m.
Tommy Pisula of Scottdale participated in the2013  Bookworm Triathlon.
Kelly Vernon | The Independent-Observer
Tommy Pisula of Scottdale participated in the2013 Bookworm Triathlon.

The third annual Bookworm Triathlon, known now as “The Worm” in the racing community, will be making its way through the streets of Scottdale July 19.

The event, which benefits the Scottdale Public Library, has been tweaked a bit for this year.

Patti Miller, library director, said the course is laid out a little differently this year and they've added a duathlon, which is the triathlon that takes the swimming part away, but adds another running portion.

They also will have Chip Timing provided by Runner's High Race Timing Service, which is a very precise way to time the individuals' participating.

Like last year, there will be a super sprint option that has a 150-yard swim, a 7.5-mile bike ride and a two-mile run; a sprint option that has a 300-yard swim, a 13.5-mile bike ride and a 5K run; and the sprint relay were two to three people can tag-team to complete the sprint option.

The duathlon will start with a one-mile run, a 13.5-mile bike ride and finish with a 5K run.

Mike Busato, the race director, said he's hoping to see an increase in participation by about 20 to 50 individuals just from the addition of the duathlon.

“I heard too many people say they would do it (the triathlon), but they weren't much of a swimmer, so we just took that excuse away from them,” he said, adding duathlons are not really common for this area.

Miller said the participation in last year's event was up from the number of participants in the first year's event and those involved are hoping that number will grow even more for this year's event.

“Last year, it was up significantly from the year before even though it was raining,” she said. “The athletes said they actually liked the rain because it cooled them off.”

Miller still can't believe how popular this race has gotten in just its third year.

“People come to the library just to see if they can buy the shirts, but only the participants get shirts unless we would happen to have extras after the event,” she said.

The director of the library added she loves the enthusiasm for the event and the actual event itself, and to keep it as an enjoyable and popular race in the area, organizers have made safety one of their top concerns.

“We have a lot of people out on the course and we've had no accidents so far,” she said. “It's our number one concern and we pay a lot of attention to it.”

Organizers are always looking for even more volunteers to help out the day of the event. Anyone interested in volunteering can call the library at 724-887-6140.

To register online, visit and search Bookworm Triathlon, or visit and click on the link for the triathlon to print out a registration form.

The cost for any of the racing options is $40. The relay registration fee will be $54 after that up until race day.

Early packet pick-up will be available July 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and July 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at the library.

Packet pick-up and race day registration will open at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning and the table will remain open for late arrivals and entries.

All athletes will need to pick up their timing chip on race morning and sign a waiver form.

Miller said they will start planning for next year's event just one week after this one.

“We take this seriously and we want to make sure that we want to run a safe event and make it something that has a real family atmosphere,” she said.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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