Paradise Triathlon event features three races

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In this submitted photo, swimmers take to the waters of Octagon Pond for the 2012 Paradise Triathlon. Last year, there was only a sprint triathlon in Paradise, but there are three races in the Body Quest event this year: a kids duathlon today, as well as sprint and Olympic-distance triathlons on Sunday.

The Body Quest Paradise Triathlon takes place this weekend at Octagon Pond.

The fifth annual race, which was moved from June to August this year in hopes of warmer water, features three events: a kids duathlon  today, plus a sprint and Olympic (standard) distance triathlon scheduled for Sunday morning at 8 a.m.

The triathlon feature an open-water swim in Octagon Pond, followed by a cycling portion along nearby roads and highways, and a brisk run of the trails surrounding the pond.

The Olympic distance event features a 1.5-kilometre swim, a 50km bike ride and a 10km trail run, with the sprint event covering half those distances.

Cash prizes in the amount of $300, $200, $100 will be awarded to the top three males and females in both the standard and sprint distance events.

Lewin’s Cove’s Jordan Baird and Katherine McBay were the top male and female finishers last year when only a sprint distance event was offered.

The kids duathlon, starting at 9 a.m., offers children aged five to 14 a run-bike-run event with distances varying for each age group.

For more information, visit paradisetriathlon.com.

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  • flexxa
    August 24, 2013 - 16:33

    ..we live in the area and walk the trail regularly for years - beautiful area but we even gave up letting our dog swim in the pond as her fur would start to stink. tried it a few years in a row - few swims then the stink - stop swimming problem gone away. personally seeing the run off on the east and south side from the bogs and the culverts coming in off topsail road on a rainy day - i wouldn't swim in there either.

  • shea
    August 24, 2013 - 11:24

    I applaud the participants but personally, I would not swim in Octagon Pond.