Runners and bicyclists can challenge themselves Aug. 17 at the first Hit the Dusty Trail Duathlon on the Greater Allegheny Passage in Meyersdale.
A duathlon is an athletic event in which participants complete a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and another running leg.
For this event, participants can choose to do a 2-mile run, 21-mile bike ride and another 2-mile run, or they can do a 2-mile walk, a 21-mile bike ride and a 1-mile walk, duathlon co-director Brenda Chapple-Fulton said.
Two-person relay teams also can participate, splitting the cycling and walking and running portions of the event, Chapple-Fulton said.
Participants will be able to challenge themselves physically while also challenging cancer, co-director Jenny Shank said.
“Basically it’s to raise money to combat regional cancer endeavors,” Shank said.
The duathlon is being held in memory of Chapple-Fulton’s husband, Gary, who died of brain cancer on Feb. 21, 2012.
“He was into fitness, and he was an avid runner and cyclist,” she said. “So we thought, why not combine his passions.”
Individual duathlon participants must pay a $55 registration fee and relay teams must pay $100.
The registration money and money from sponsors will be donated to help local cancer sufferers and their families deal with the costs and hardships brought on by the disease, Shank said.
“For now, we are accepting all registrations,” she said, adding that 64 participants have registered so far. “If something would happen and we couldn’t accommodate (all of them), we’d have to cut it off.”
Participants can register at 6:45 a.m. the day of the duathlon at the Western Maryland Train Station, home of the Meyersdale Area Historical Society, at 527 Main St.
The event is set to begin at 7:30 a.m., Shank said.
“This is our first year, so we have no idea what’s in store,” she said. “We want it to be a safe, successful challenge that benefits cancer endeavors.”
Refreshments for participants will be provided at the train station.
Awards will be given to the top two male and female finishers in multiple age groups, Chapple-Fulton said.
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