Registration for annual triathlon in full swing

Photo Credit: PIONEER FILE PHOTO - The Mini Dash brings out the athlete in all that participate, like this youngster taking part in the Mini Dash in 2012.For the seventh time, athletes from around the region will descend on Madras for the MAC?Dash Spring Triathlon.

The Dash, which begins and ends at the Madras Aquatic Center, is slated for a 7:30 a.m. start Saturday, Sept. 6. The Mini Dash, an event for kids, will follow.

The volunteer-organized event benefits MAC youth programs.

The MAC Dash sprint triathlon consists of a 500-yard swim in the MAC?swimming pool, a 12-mile road bike ride and a three-mile run. Both individual and team competitors are welcome.

The bike course will follow a 12-mile path in southeast Madras and return to the MAC. The run course moves out to Juniper Hills Park and concludes on the track at Jefferson County Middle School.

Participants must be 10 years or older to be on a triathlon team and must be 14 years or older to compete as an individual triathlete. All persons younger than 18 years must have a parent/guardian co-sign their registration form.

Registration for the dash closes at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 31 and there will be no race day registration. Registration must be made online and the triathlon participation will be limited to 250 individuals/teams.

The Mini MAC?Dash, which will start at 11:30 a.m., is open to kids 10 years of age and younger. The mini dash is a free event where participation, not competition, is the focus.

For more information or to register, check out the website at, or call the MAC?at 541-475-4253.

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