SKOWHEGAN — Lake George Regional Park and Somerset Sports & Fitness have teamed up to host a community based Sprint Triathlon Sunday, Sept. 15. This partnership allows for the outdoor active event that should draw hundreds of interested people of all ages from all over New England, according to a Lake George Regional Park press release.

“To make this a premiere event and one that people will want to attend annually, we need to make it well managed, efficient and most importantly, safe. We have received support from many area businesses to make this event possible. Dozens of folks have converged on Lake George Regional Park for training and an increase in bikers and runners can be seen daily in Skowhegan and Canaan. Almost daily folks of all ages and abilities have been meeting to train for the event. They use social media to plan times and plan how they will train that day. We talk a lot about promoting healthy life styles and this event is walking the talk.” Park Director Jeff McCabe said in the release.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. at the boat launch of Lake George where participants will swim 1/4/mile to the West Shore. There, participants will transition to their bikes, for a 15-mile bike ride to Somerset Sports and Fitness, via Oak Pond Road, East River Road and Waterville Road. At SSF, there will be the transition to a four-mile out and back run that takes our runners by New Balance and Skowhegan Savings, through neighborhoods and on the scenic River Walk. More than 130 participants have signed up. Participants will be capped to 200 this year, but are in hopes of this becoming a very big draw for our area in the future.