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Dunk-N-Dash returns to Avon

Ian Cropp
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AVON – Just in case biathletes didn’t have enough chances to swim in Nottingham Lake last year, they will be able to take four plunges in the chilly waters this year.

The town of Avon has expanded its Dunk-N-Dash series, which it debuted last year with two races. Wednesday, the series kicks off with an 800-yard open water swim in Nottingham Lake, followed by a 5K run around the lake and along the Eagle River Recreational Path. Swimmers can expect for water temperatures around 65 degrees, and wetsuits are required. For those racers who don’t have wetsuits, there are a limited number available to rent.After last year’s increased interest in the event, the town decided to provide locals with more opportunities to compete in a event that is often hard to come by in Colorado.

“There’s nothing open-water in any of the mountain communities,” said Danita Chirichillo, special events coordinator with the town of Avon. “(Open water racing) is drastically different. Compared to being in a lap pool, it’s like night and day.”At the first event (last year), we only had a little of time to promote it, and we had about 15 people. Then for the second event, we had 60 people. We want to keep it a nice local event.”Only recently has Avon opened up Nottingham Lake to swimming. The lake was previously the drinking water source for the town of Avon, but no longer serves that purpose.Pre-registration is open until the day before the race at the Avon Recreation Center for $15 per race. Participants can register on the day of the race for $20 (cash only) at a tent located by Nottingham Lake.

The other three races will be held on Aug. 8, 16 and 23. For more information on the Dunk-N-Dash, call 748-4060.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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