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Annual event adds custom medals and trophies

Still plenty of time to register for Splash n' Dash or triathlon


When Friday morning finally rolls around, the Prineville swimming pool will be filled with swimmers, the streets will be filled with bikes, there will be plenty of kayaks and canoes in Crooked River, and early risers are sure to see plenty of runners racing through town.

The first wave of the annual Splash n’ Dash is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.

For the past three years, the Splash n’ Dash has included not only the traditional race, which includes swimming, biking, kayaking, and running, but also offers a triathlon.

“We have about the same number of teams entered in the Splash n’ dash so far as we have individuals in the triathlon,”?said race organizer Ernie Brooks. “Which is pretty cool to have happen. It seems like there are not a lot of individuals who do the Splash n' Dash. Those are more for the teams and then the triathlon is more for individuals, but we have both. If people want to have teams of three and do the triathlon, we have that category or if they want to do the Splash n' Dash all by themselves they can do that. People can just pick and choose what they want to do.”

Last year the race added water hoops for racers to run through to cool off. Brooks said that the hoops were a popular addition and will return this year.

“It’s going to be upper 70s or low 80s,” he said. “Which is good weather, but when you are running it’s always nice to run under those water hoops.”

Brooks said that each year organizers are trying to add even more to the experience. This year they are adding custom medals and trophies for the winners.

“We’ve got individual medals which were bought instead of me making them,” he said. “And then our team trophies are custom made, cut out of medal. We are just stepping things up.”

The Splash n’ Dash includes a 500-yard swim, an 11-mile bicycle leg, a 1.75-mile boat leg, and a four-mile run. Individuals can do all four legs on their own or teams of up to four may run the race as a relay. The triathlon competes over the same distances as the Splash n’ Dash except there is no boat leg. Individuals may do the race on their own, or in teams of up to three.

Both races start at the swimming pool and end in Ochoco Creek Park.

Although sign-ups for the annual race have been open for several weeks, Brooks noted that there is still plenty of time to enter.

“We have probably 20 to 24 team entries so far, which is doing pretty good,” Brooks said last Friday. “There is still plenty of time to sign up and plenty of shirts left.”

Brooks added that people can still enter the day of the race, however, organizers would prefer if as many teams as possible sign up in advance to help make registration smoother and easier.

Individuals or teams can get entry forms either on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Splash-n-Dash/

117605564940282 or at Norm’s Xtreme Fitness.

Day of the race registration opens at 7:15 a.m. at the Prineville pool with registration continuing until 9:30 a.m.

Individuals and teams are asked to be at the pool at least 30 minutes prior to the start of their swimming leg. Racers are asked to please obey all traffic laws. In addition, bicycle helmets are required for the biking leg and life jackets for the boating portion of the race.

The race is a fundraiser for the Crook County High School and Middle School track and field teams and runs entirely with volunteer help.

“We have great volunteer help stepping up for our program,” Brooks said. “It’s a fun family-oriented event. It’s pretty cool the morning of the Fourth to be able to get out and get some exercise and enjoy a good time together. It’s just a great community event.”




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