Crofton will once again host a triathlon event featuring running, biking and — instead of swimming — kayaking.
Scheduled for Saturday, July 27, the event coined Crofton’s Dam Race will start with a 1.5-mile kayak on Lewis & Clark Lake from the Weigand swim beach, followed by a 5K run through the campground and finish with a 12-mile bike ride into Main Street Crofton. A celebration and meal will be served at the Haymarket and Pulley Museum.
The kayaking event is a unique twist on the traditional triathlon. “We want this to be a fun and safe event for athletes of all abilities,” says Johnnie Ostermeyer, Crofton High School principal and a race coordinator. Kayaks will be available for participants who don’t have access to them.
Athletes can participate as an individual doing all three legs of the race, or as a team of two or three. Registration is online at AllSportsCentral.com by searching Crofton’s Dam Race. Updates are available on the Facebook event page.
The committee has added two additional opportunities for individual competitors this year: a half marathon and 12-mile bike ride. Both of these individual events will start at Weigand swim beach and finish on Main Street in Crofton. Additional safety precautions are being implemented for runners and bikers along the highway into Crofton.
Last year, Crofton’s Dam Race hosted 60 athletes and their families, plus nearly 50 volunteers. The committee anticipates an increase in participants, especially with the added events.
Crofton’s Dam Race is hosted by an eight-person committee in coordination with the Lewis & Clark State Recreation Area and Weigand Marina. Proceeds from the race benefit recreation projects in Crofton. For more details, call Johnnie Ostermeyer at (402)508-0224 or Heidi Marsh (605) 660-4498.