Town of Avon – Duathlon continues, July 18 |

Town of Avon – Duathlon continues, July 18

Daily Staff ReportVail CO, Colorado

If youre looking for a great way to prepare for open water triathlons or duathlons, then Avons Dunk-N-Dash series is for you! Avons 3rd annual Dunk-N-Dash duathlon, is a four event series which started on Wednesday, July 11th with forty athletes converging on Notthingham Lake to participate. The sky was menacing, but that did not detour these athletes from getting in the lake to compete in the first of four Dunk-n-Dash events. Results from the first event are posted on Other event dates are July 18, August 8 and 15, 2007 at 6 p.m.. The Dunk-N-Dash series is intended to act as a training ground for athletes preparing for duathlons or triathlons in Colorado and is the only open water swim event in Eagle County. Pre-registration is open until 5 p.m. the day before each race day ($15/race) online at or at the Avon Recreation Center. Race day registration will open at 5 p.m. at the Registration Tent located by Nottingham Lake and is available for $20 cash only. The swim will be approximately 800 yards (1/2 mile) or 1600 yards (1 mile) in Nottingham Lake. Swimmers should be prepared for water temperatures around 65-74 degrees. Wetsuits are recommended however, not required. The 5K run starts and finishes at the Lakes pump-house. The running course runs north around Nottingham Lake, follows the path to Avon Elementary, and turns onto the scenic river recreation path. At Bob the Bridge, runners turn around and return on the same path, detouring to the south side of the Lake for the finish line. The event will be timed by Altitude Sports and will be cumulative. Awards and post-race snacks will be available for participants, family and friends beginning at 7 p.m. near the finish at Nottingham Park. Prizes will be awarded to fastest female/male for both ? mile and one mile swims. Nottingham Lake was originally the primary drinking water source for the Town of Avon. The Lake is fed by irrigation ditches from the Eagle River and Buck Creek and drains back into the Eagle River. The combination of these two water sources provide the ideal water conditions for fish in the Lake. There are storm drains around the park that divert storm water from draining into the Lake. Since the addition of the Avon water plant in 1987, the Lake is no longer used as a drinking water source. It now provides an excellent opportunity for water-based recreation in the heart of Avon. In case of a lightening storm, race may be cancelled or hopefully rescheduled for the following week. Please call Avon Recreation Center (970) 748-4060 to confirm date and time should race be rescheduled. This event is made possible with support from the following sponsors: Plum TV, Vail Daily, TV8, What To Do Magazine, KZYR, NRC Broadcasting, The Parents Handbook, Slifer, Smith & Frampton, Christie Lodge, FirstBank, Eco Transit and The Town of Avon. For more information please call (970) 748-4032

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