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Fort Macleod Triathlon needs volunteers

Fort Macleod Triathlon need some helping hands on Saturday, Aug. 17.
With the event growing in popularity in each of its past 10 years, organizers count on volunteers to undertake the various jobs that make the triathlon possible.
The triathlon has a core group of people who help with planning but more volunteers are needed to handle jobs the day of the event.
Organizers estimate 200 volunteers are needed to take care of all the duties associated with the triathlon, which will run from 7 a.m. to about 5 p.m.
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.
In addition to posing a test for serious triathletes, the half Ironman event added last year to the triathlon presents a special challenge for organizers.
The half Ironman will take athletes six to 7 1/2 hours to complete, making it a long day for volunteers.
Last year volunteers took shifts from 7 a.m. to 12 noon and 12 noon to 5 p.m. helping with the Ironman so the day was not too long for people.
The half Ironman is made up of a 1.9-kilometre swim, 90-kilometre bike ride and a 21.1-kilometre run.
The 2013 triathlon also has competition in Olympic, sprint, super sprint, youth (under 10 years of age) and relay categories.
Anyone interested in volunteering at the 10th annual Fort Macleod Triathlon should call Alan at 403-553-4003 or Chelsie at 403-360-9565

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