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Connellsville Recreation Board hosting fourth annual triathlon on Saturday

| Sunday, July 7, 2013, 4:27 p.m.

Connellsville's Parks and Recreation Board are hoping swimmers, bikers and runners will come to Connellsville on Saturday to participate in its fourth annual triathlon Competitors on Saturday will swim, bike and run individually or as a team.

Participants or teams will begin by swimming a 350-yard distance in the Youghiogheny River starting near the Crawford Avenue Bridge and exiting the water along First Street, where their bikes will be waiting in a designated staging area. Participants then begin phase two with a 10-mile bike ride through the city returning to Yough Park. They will then tackle the third and final leg of the triathlon as they run three miles along the Great Allegheny Passage. The route showcases many beautiful features of Connellsville.

This year's triathlon is being held in conjunction with the recreation board's cornhole tournament, said Melissa Tzan, board president.

Tzan said the event will start off with Breakfast in the Park, which is being catered by St. James Catering. It will be held 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

There will be breakfast wraps and breakfast platters, specialty coffees and mimosas on the menu.

The triathlon starts at 9 a.m.

“So come down and enjoy breakfast and coffee, people watch and see the first of our triathletes cross the finish line,” Tzan said.

Live music starts with Redline Reggae at 11 a.m. and continues with four additional local bands.

“Last year we had 74 triathlon participants. We are hoping for 100 this year,” Tzan said.

Cost to participate in the triathlon is $45 for individuals and $100 for a team.

Applications are available at Connellsville City Hall or online at www.connellsville.org under events or call 724-628-2020 ext. 301.

Tzan said live music and vendors will be at the park throughout the day.

Board member Greg Lincoln said competitors can do the whole triathlon or they can form a three-person team.

Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Prizes will given out for age groups, said Lincoln.

West Penn Power is this year's main sponsor, Lincoln said.

Lincoln said registration for the cornhole tourney will be at noon. The tournament will start at 1 p.m. There are two categories — pros and joes.

The pros will receive cash prizes based on entries. The joes will receive prices. First place will receive two custom-made Pittsburgh Pirates cornhole boards.

Cost to enter is $50 for pros and $30 for joes.

Lincoln said St. James Catering will also be serving food in the afternoon.

Events in Yough Park that day are expected to last until 6 p.m.

Lincoln said all money raised on Saturday will go back into the city parks system.

Tzan said beer will be sold in a designated area throughout the day. Only those with proper identification will be served.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer for the Daily Courier.

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