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Register Now for the 2nd Annual Ironbear Triathlon

Story posted March 17, 2004

Bowdoin College, in conjunction with Midcoast Multisport, will present the second annual Ironbear Triathlon at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 8, at Farley Field House on the Bowdoin campus.

Registrations for triathletes of all skill and experience levels are now being accepted. The event is open to all athletes ages 15 and up.

The Ironbear Triathlon is a sprint distance multi-sport event that will include a 525-yard swim (21 lengths in Greason Pool), an 11-mile bike ride (along the country roads of Brunswick), and a 3.1-mile run (around the Pickard Fields, an off-road loop that takes athletes through the woods and across large open areas with mostly grass and dirt terrain).

Ironbear will also feature a simultaneous duathlon, which will substitute a 2-mile run for the swim.

The IronBear aims to promote fitness and healthy living throughout the Bowdoin College and Brunswick communities. Proceeds from the event will help support the Brunswick Recreation Department youth sports programs.

The Ironbear is being organized as a "green" race this year, and will include such eco-friendly measures as using online registration, giving away t-shirts made of recycled materials, and avoiding wasteful plastic bottles. Ironbear 2004 hopes to serve as a model for other events around the nation on how to make a race environmentally conscious.

For more information about the Ironbear, visit the race Web site at, or contact Will at Midcoast Multisport (721-9299) or Nicole at Bowdoin (721-5378,

The IronBear is fully sanctioned by USA Triathlon. For more information, visit USAT's Web site at

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