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Fort Macleod Triathlon needs more volunteers

Fort Macleod Triathlon has established a strong reputation over the past decade, but organizers aren’t resting on their laurels.
To mark the event’s 10th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 18, a half Ironman category has been added to the triathlon.
The half Ironman is made up of a 1.9-kilometre swim, 90-kilometre bike ride and a 21.1-kilometre run.
The 2012 triathlon also has competition in Olympic, sprint, super sprint, youth (under 10 years of age) and relay categories.
Registration is going well, with more than 200 people already signed up. That’s more than double the number usually registered four weeks before the triathlon.
While pleased to be attracting more athletes each year and adding the half Ironman, organizers are faced with the challenge of lining up enough volunteers to pull it off.
“We have a really good core of about a dozen people who have been with us for years,” Alan Poytress said. “If we didn’t have them we would be in a lot of trouble.”
Now the triathlon needs more people just like that core group.
Poytress estimated 200 volunteers will be needed to take care of all the duties associated with the triathlon, which will run from 7 a.m. to about 5 p.m. Aug. 18.
People are needed to volunteer for a variety of jobs, including registration, giving athletes their numbers, counting swimming laps, manning stations along the cycling and running routes and security.
“We’ve got a whack of things to do,” Poytress said.
In addition to posing a test for serious triathletes, the half Ironman presents a new challenge for organizers.
The half Ironman will take athletes six to 7 1/2 hours to complete, making it a longer day than usual for volunteers.
“What we’re trying to do is have two shifts,” Poytress said, explaining volunteers will work from 7 a.m. to 12 noon or 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Anyone interested in volunteering at the 10th annual Fort Macleod Triathlon should call Alan at 403-553-4003 or Chelsie at 403-553-9565.

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