Swim, bike, run: YMCA Teal Lake Triathlon on tap Saturday in Negaunee

NEGAUNEE – About 125 entries have been received to date for the Sixth Annual YMCA Teal Lake Triathlon scheduled for Saturday in Negaunee.

“We’re hoping the next few days to get another 50,” Jenna Zdunek, race director and Senior Health Innovation Leader of the Marquette County YMCA, said Wednesday.

“We usually get around 159-175 participants, but our goal is to have 200.”

Registrations can be secured at both the Marquette and Negaunee YMCA offices, online at www.active.com, or from 3-6 p.m. Friday at Lakeview Elementary School in Negaunee.

The cost is $55 for individual adults, $105 for a relay team and $35 for youths 5-14 years of age.

The adult competition will begin at 9 a.m. It will consist of a 1/4-mile swim, a 20-kilometer bike ride and a 5-K run.

For the kids’ competition at 11:30 a.m., entrants will swim 300 feet, bike two miles and run a half mile.

“This is a great family fun event,” Zdunek said. “It’s so great to watch all the age groups come together.”

She added at least 20 course volunteers are needed for the competition. To assist, call the YMCA at 227-9622.

Defending champions are Justin Vasseau of Gwinn for the men (59 minutes, 45.15 seconds) and Amy Cleven (1:11.56) for the women. Zdunek said neither had entered Saturday’s race as of Wednesday.

The 2012 winning relay unit – named KZM and consisting of Kinsey Vear, Zeb Johnston and Mickey Sanders – has registered for the race. The trio posted a 54:38.35 clocking last year.

Zdunek said all proceeds for the triathlon will go to the YMCA’s Community Benefit Campaign.

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251.