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Triathlon coming to Connellsville

| Thursday, March 18, 2010

Connellsville council voted Wednesday to allow the first triathlon to be held in the city July 3 in Yough River Park.

By a 3-2 vote, council approved joining River City Promotions, which is seeking nonprofit status, to promote and hold Connellsville's River City Triathlon. River City Promotions will reimburse any additional cost the city may incur for a special event insurance policy as needed.

Citing liability concerns, councilwomen Marilyn Weaver and Yvonne Rush voted against the resolution, introduced by Councilman Tom Karpiak.

"The only industry I can see blossoming in Connellsville is the river, biking and, in general, as a place to play," Karpiak said. "I've gotten a very good response to the triathlon. We'll use the river for swimming, the bike trail for biking, and do running. River City Productions will bring people into Connellsville."

Karpiak predicted at least 120 participants for the "sprint triathlon," which will involve a 1200-yard river swim, a 10-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run. All participants will be required to sign a waiver.

Entry fees will be $45 for individuals and $120 for a three-person team.

Karpiak said participants may camp for free overnight in the park, food vendors will be on site and several bands will provide music. He said he hopes participants will spend a second night and enjoy the fireworks on July 4.

Geno Gallo, with River City, said all profits will be turned over to the Parks and Recreation Department.

More information will be available at www.iplayoutside.com in April.

In other business, council:

• Passed a resolution accepting letters of interest for the following positions: city clerk, city solicitor and city engineer. Mayor Charles Matthews said he has no problems with the current people reapplying for those positions, but the Third Class City Code states these positions should be appointed every four years. Council will vote on the positions in May.

• Approved the resignation of police Officer Michael Long.

• Appointed Tom Duncan for a five-year term to the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors. He replaces Chuck Madore, whose term expired in January.

• Approved appointing Geno Gallo to the zoning hearing board.

• Approved joining Scottdale and Mt. Pleasant in the G-3 Conference May 17 - 21 at no cost to the city.

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