June 3rd, 2009

Team BEAST (Burlington Endurance Athlete Sports Team) has scheduled its first youth triathlon to begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 28, in Dankwardt Park, 2700 S. Main St., Burlington, Iowa. Youth ages 7 to 14 may participate.

Race distances vary by age group:

Age Group      Swim               Bike                Run

7 to 8               50 yards           1 ½ miles          ¼ mile

9 to 11             100 yards         2 miles              ½ mile

12 to 14           200 yards         3 miles              1 mile

Team                100 yards         2 miles              ½ mile

The race begins in an outdoor pool in Dankwardt Park. Certified lifeguards will be in the pool. The bike course is out and back, mostly in Dankwardt and Crapo parks. Helmets are required. The run is on sidewalks, streets and grass.

Race sponsors are Great River Medical Center, Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Café, Clear Falls Bottled Water and Conditioning, The Coca-Cola Company, The Hawk Eye, Lance Inc., The Mix 107.3 and Wal-Mart Supercenter.

The registration fee for individuals is $15 ($20 after June 20); team registration is $30 ($40 after June 20). To register, please visit www.teambeast.com or www.trifind.com. Registration forms also are available at the Burlington Area Community YMCA-YWCA. For more information about the race, please call (319) 759-5893. Those interested in volunteering at the event may e-mail pulch@mepotelco.net.