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The seventh triathlon and biathlon — hosted by MaraTri — has been scheduled for Saturday, May 25. The family friendly event is a fundraiser for Marathon High School athletic teams.

“MaraTri is dedicated to bringing back the spirit of individual and team sports by offering a local race that’s both challenging and fun, uniting the community for a common cause, and seeking to benefit the longevity of a balanced lifestyle through multi-sport events,” said Franco D’Ascanio, cofounder of MaraTri.

MaraTri7 is open to teams and individuals. The race begins on Sombrero Beach. When the start whistle blows, all racers dive into the ocean, swimming parallel to the Middle Keys’ best beach. Then racers run out of the water to their bikes, riding off for a loop around the Sombrero Golf Course. Upon their return, racers don their running shoes and race down local streets, returning to the finish chute between palm trees and cheering fans.

MaraTri offers two distances — a traditional sprint distance of a half-mile swim, 13.6 mile bike and 3.1 mile run and also a “minisprint” that is half that.

New in 2013, the MaraTri is offering a biathlon option. Racers can run, bike, run instead of swim, bike, run — if so desired.

Racers are encouraged to register online as space is limited, and prices go up as race day nears. For more details, registration, and volunteer opportunities, visit the website at: www.MaraTri.com.


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