Sprint triathlon event set for Sept. 7 at Madras Aquatic Center
Last year, Grants Pass resident Grant Hayball set a course record of 54 minutes, 31 seconds at the MAC Dash. Can anyone challenge the record this year?
The MAC Dash, a sprint triathlon consisting of a 500-yard swim, 12-mile bike ride and 3-mile run, will pound the pavement around Madras on Sept. 7, but the deadline to register is quickly approaching.
Athletes, or teams of athletes, have until 11:59 p.m. Sept. 1 to sign up for the event. Registration can be done online at www.macaquatic.com, and forms are also available at the site and at the MAC in Madras.
The cost is $55 per individual entry, and for a three-person team it's $45 per person. There will be no race day registration.
Participants need to be 14 years old or older to compete as an individual, or 10 years old or older to compete as part of a team. Race packets will be available for pick up at the MAC on Friday, Sept. 6, from 5-7 p.m.
On race day, there will be a competitors' meeting at 7 a.m., with the first swim heat beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Along with Hayball's record-setting performance last season, all other prize winners last season were from either Madras or Metolius. The overall female winner was Madras' Sara Hertel, and she finished with a time of 1:09:09. She was also the top competitor from Jefferson County.
The top male Jefferson County resident was Madras' Scott Delamarter, with a time of 1:03:26, and the coed team of Metolius' Kelly Halleman and Tia Powell won that division with a time of 1:11:12.
The male team "Justice League," made up of Nathan Rico, Garrett Webb and Steve Webb, took top honors with a time of 1:11:35, and the female team "Phat Mamas," made up of Jamie Hurd, Lisa Dubisar and Leslie Davis won the division with a time of 1:19:58.
The Gerhardt family – Rick, Aurora and Jasper – won the family team division, with a 1:05:44 time.
The course for this year's MAC Dash begins with the 500-yard swim, which is 20 lengths of the 25-yard lap pool. The swimmers exit the pool and head for their bikes for a ride around the countryside, and through residential areas of Madras.
The event ends with the run, that goes through Juniper Hills Park and ends on the track at Jefferson County Middle School.
For kids 10 years and younger, there is a Mini MAC Dash. Its free, but donations will be accepted.