10th annual triathlon kicks off summer

Cycling Club’s Paddle, Pedal

& Run coming June 4

Greg Hunt

Area athletes are invited to jump into summer at the 10th annual Paddle, Pedal and Run the morning of Saturday, June 4.

The Cambridge Cycling Club has hosted the Paddle, Pedal & Run since 2002 during the same time of year. The old Manke’s Resort area on Spectacle Lake has been the headquarters and transition spot through the years.

“We get a variety of athletes from all over the state coming to the Paddle, Pedal and Run,” said KC Bohn of Outdoor Edge. “You’ve got your hard-core extreme people, and then you’ve got the family and kids trying it out. It’s a nice family-fun atmosphere.”

The event begins with the first heat at 8 a.m. and progresses quickly to be done around noon or so. Competitors in the Paddle portion of the event can use either a canoe or kayak, with canoes for rent for those that need one. The course is a 1.5-mile triangular layout.

Transitioning into the Pedal portion, the 11.3-mile ride is an out-and-back loop, taking cyclists through the scenic short hills southwest of Spectacle. The Run covers a 2.25-mile course from Manke’s to Hwy. 47 and back along Co. Rd. 37.

Competitors can enjoy the Paddle, Pedal and Run either as individuals or on a four-person team. For the team division, two members will canoe, tag off to a cyclist, then another athlete will tackle the run.

“Safety & Rescue and the Sheriff’s Department will be out there both in the water and also on the roads for safety control. I-Timing will be there to handle the chip timing for the event,” explained Bohn.

The Cambridge Medical Center Foundation is a sponsor for the event. Sign-up can be done either online at midwestevents.com or by stopping into the Outdoor Edge in downtown Cambridge.

“The Cycling Club hosts this event so we can raise money to donate to bike-related projects around the community. This year, we’re looking at helping supply benches for the new bike trail which runs between Cambridge and Isanti,” finished Bohn.