We’re Training. Are You? Racers are posting and sharing photos of their training sessions on the Osprey Tri Facebook page in an effort to inspire and encourage other racers.
The fourth annual Osprey Triathlon will be held on Sunday, October 5 at 9:00 a.m. The race consists of three legs: a 7-mile bike race, a 2-mile kayak course and a 3-mile run. (Exact distances may vary.) The course will cover mixed surfaces, including pavement, gravel paths and some grassy areas. The race course takes advantage of Kent School’s Chester River access and gorgeous views. The course is flat, fast and racer friendly!
The Osprey Triathlon is a family friendly event welcoming athletes at all levels of skill and experience. Not ready for the full triathlon? Create a team with friends or family and compete in 1, 2, or 3 legs of the race.
The 2014 race will incorporate some new elements that will add professionalism to the race without infringing on the special charm of this family-friendly event. Race coordinator, Tricia Cammerzell said, “We have learned so much over the past three years about planning and hosting this event and it has grown each year. We had to make some changes to accommodate the growth and enhance the racers’ experience.”
This year the race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. Race support and management will be provided by Fuel 3 Sports. Sanctioning ensures increased safety measures. Fuel 3 Sports will provide electronic chip timing and wave starts to support the safety of the participants. Cammerzell continued, “I am really looking forward to the improved start, finish, and timing that will come with Fuel 3 Sports but it was important to the full race committee that we maintain the things that make this race so unique. We always want an event that includes three-generation relay teams and first time racers along with elite triathletes….and of course, the post-race barbeque is a requirement! And thanks to our PTF there will be some terrific activities for those who are too young to race.”
Racers can register as individuals completing all three legs of the race or they can break the race into smaller segments and register as two or three person relay teams. The race is open to anyone age nine and older. Racers between the ages of 9 and 12 must be part of a relay team with at least one team member age 16 or older. Registration will be open until Friday October 3. Visit www.kentschool.org/osprey-triathlon or www.fuel3sports.com.and search Osprey Triathlon for registration information. Advance registration is appreciated and early registration is discounted. Race fees are as follows:
Early Registration (Before September 15): $55
Late Registration (Sept 15-October 4): $65
2 Person Relay (Before September 15): $110
2 Person Relay (Sept 15-October 4): $125
3 Person Relay (Before September 15): $125
3 Person Relay (Sept 15-Oct 4): $145
Mixed Age Group (includes junior racer) (Before September 15): $120
Mixed Age Group (includes junior racer) (Sept 15-Oct 4): $135
Junior 2 or 3 Person Relay (Before September 15): $120
Junior 2 or 3 Person Relay (Sept 15-Oct 4): $120
Kayak Rental: $10
Lunch for Non-Races: $7
Cammerzell continued, “This race would not be possible without support from our corporate sponsors and legion of volunteers. First on the list to thank is our volunteer committee chair, Pat Parkhurst ‘84. Our top of the Class sponsor for the 2014 race is Chestertown Runners. Segment sponsors are Gunther McClary Real Estate, Peoples Bank, and Yerkes Construction. Additional sponsors to date include David A. Bramble, Inc., Chesapeake Medical Imaging, Clovelly Vineyards, RealTerm, and Dixon Valve. We are very grateful to every sponsor, racer, and volunteer who plays a part in the success of the Osprey Tri. See you in October. We’re training. Are you?”
For more information about the Osprey Triathlon or Kent School visit www.kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext.110.