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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

STEP OUTDOORS TRYATHLON AND 5K ARE UNDERWAY; TO END THIS SUNDAY, SEPT. 20

Photo by John Eaton
Organizer Tim Morey displays this year's event T-shirt and medallion for the COVID 19 Special Edition Step Outdoors TRYathlon & 5K Trail Run/Walk. Shown on the right is the timing board kept in the park office where registrants can record their own times.

As of Wednesday morning, Sept. 16, at 9 a.m., four registrants who soloed the COVID 19 Special Edition Step Outdoors TRYathlon and seven others who ran the 5K Trail Run/Walk only, had picked up their event T-shirts and medallions at the park office at Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road in Charleston Township, seven miles northeast of Wellsboro.

By this Sunday, Sept. 20, all of the 42 people who registered must select a date and time and finish the TRYathlon or 5K.

Due to the coronavirus, there is no in-person registration, no check-in time, no electronic timing and no aid or water stations. Course maps and other information are available online anytime and in the park office lobby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through this Friday, Sept. 18 but not this weekend.

Twenty people registered to do the TRYathlon solo and nine others are on three-member TRYathlon teams. Another thirteen are running the 5K course only. The TRYathlon includes the 5K, 1.75-mile kayak and canoe course and 8-mile bike course.

Those who entered are from Centre, Dauphin, Lycoming, Potter, Tioga and York counties in Pennsylvania and Steuben County, New York.

After completing the course, registrants who self-time are welcome to submit their time at the park office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays through this Friday, Sept. 18. The office is not open this Saturday or Sunday, Sept. 19 or 20.

Those who complete their events this Saturday or Sunday, are encouraged to make arrangements in advance to pick up their T-shirts and medallions and submit their times by contacting Tim Morey.

Canoes and kayaks can be rented to use for the TRYathlon at the park's concession stand, which is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. now through this Sunday, Sept. 20. The boat rental rate is $15 per hour for the first two hours and $10 for each additional hour. Payment must be made in cash or by credit card. To reserve a canoe or kayak and pay, call 570-724-4515.

For more information about the TRYathlon or 5K, or about renting bikes, kayaks or canoes, or to download course maps, visit www.stepoutdoors.org or use this link: https://www.stepoutdoors.org/index.php/annual-events/tryathlon-5k. Questions? Call Tim Morey at 570-724-8561 or email tmorey@pa.gov.

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