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North Country Triathlon

Posted: October 6, 2011

North Country Camps has been a supporter of the local ARC – Mountain Lake Services – annual fundraising triathlon for the past twelve years, and for most of these years NCC has been represented with flashing paddles and winged feet by “Team Gucker”, and this year was no different!

This annual event has two divisions – recreational and ironman – and the entire race begins on Birdie Beach.     Team Gucker races on the longer ironman course!

The race begins, and canoes and kayaks paddle down the lake toward Cub’s Point.  

The Ironman teams paddled in to the augur, to Blueberry Island, and then back around toward Lincoln’s waterfront and north to Whippoorwill.   Recreational paddlers head south to the point, over to Lincoln and back to the beach.     This year Peter and Damien, Robin and Peter’s wonderful exchange student from France, paddled one of camp’s double sea kayaks  – sturdy kayaks that fare well in Lake Champlain’s heavy winds and high waves, but are not built for speed!

Peter and Damien complete their leg of the triathlon, Robin has taken off from here!

From the beach the runners take off up the hill and out to Route 9, in to Keeseville and across the walking bridge, up stairs and around a few blocks in town, then back out to the ARC site for a total of 5.6 miles   (recreational runners travel 2.5 +/- miles).    Robin and a runner from another team ran the distance to town and back together – enjoying the friendly and fast pace!

Robin and a competitor complete the 5.6 mile run together

As Robin arrived across the finish line, Forrest took off on a 20 mile loop back towards camp to the Robare Road (past Fledging Crow farm) and north on the Mace Chasm Road, dropping down the hill to Port Kent and north along the lake shore road back around to Route 9, then south through the back of Ausable Chasm and south on the Mace Chasm Road to the base of Pinnacle, and finally north on Route 9 in to town and across the finish line!

Forrest biking up from Port Kent toward Ausable Chasm

Heading south by Ausable Chasm

Watching the race and cheering on all the teams had us thinking what fun it would be to have a few other NCC teams involved.   There was some serious staff fitness training going on during the camp season, and a crew of counselors in the area this fall hiking and enjoying time in the Adirondacks … it may be easy to encourage a few to come back in 2012 for the 14th annual Mountain Services Triathlon!

Triathlon team Gucker

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