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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Willow Creek Triathlon enters 13th year

By Sandra Rhodes
This year’s Willow Creek Triathlon is sure to be lucky for veterans — even if it’s the 13th year of the event.

The triathlon, which is set for Saturday, Aug. 4, raises money for the Disabled American Veterans of McKean and Warren counties. The money raised is earmarked for transportation. The money raised is used to purchase and maintain vans providing transportation of veterans to and from VA hospitals and clinics.

Last year, $43,154 was raised; $277,982 has been raised over the past 13 years.

“Each year, our events gets bigger and bigger and it is all due to those who participated, volunteer and sponsor this worthwhile cause,” said Race Director Gregg Reynolds. “It is very gratifying to hand over checks to these local chapters, knowing that our local vets — local heroes — will benefit from our triathlon.”

The event starts with a 300-yard swim in Quaker Lake at Allegany State Park in New York. The next leg of the triathlon is a 15-mile bicycle ride, which crosses into Pennsylvania to the Corydon Hotel, 3307 W. Washington St., Bradford. From there, participants run the final portion three miles to the Willows Restaurant, 2669 W. Washington St.

The sprint triathlon is a point-to-point event.

A duathlon is also part of the race. This will include the 15-mile bike ride and the three-mile run.
Participants can do the triathlon or duathon by themselves or part of a team.

Awards will be given in both categories in a multitude of age groups.

Registrations are now being accepted at

On Aug. 4, registration starts at 7 a.m. at Quaker Lake. A rules meeting will be held at 9 a.m. and the swimmers head out starting at 9:30 a.m.

Entry fees are $50 for an individual and $90 for a team.

In addition to the age divisions, there are two other divisions.

The Clydesdale and Athena divisions are for teams or individuals where all members must be over 200 pounds and 150 pounds, respectively.

Registrations will also be accepted Friday, Aug. 3, at the Bradford Family YMCA, 59 Boylston St., from 3 to 6 p.m. During this time, participants can also pick up their race packets.

In the triathlon, the top male and female individuals receive the Thom Maholic Memorial Award. The award is given in memory of Maholic, who was a Green Beret with Special Forces in Afghanistan. He died in a battle in June 2006.

Also, the Brad Keltz Braveheart awards are given to those who make an extra effort to participate and complete in the triathlon.

This award is given in memory of Keltz who participated in the triathlon for several years.
There are many other ways to help with the cause, including sponsorships, donations and purchasing mile markers, which can either advertise a business or honor someone special.

Also, veterans can be recognized in a special way.

Those interested can go to to find a form they can fill out and submit. 

During the race, participants will wear the name of a veteran. At the finish line will be the short biography of his or her military career as submitted to the group.

To honor veteran, mail it to Willow Creek Triathlon, P.O. Box 51, Bradford, PA 16701 by July 26.
Gold Star families will also be recognized.

Those interested in honoring a Gold Star family can contact Dennis Faucher at 814-362-1575 or by email at

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