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The Big Finish - is scheduled for an 8 a.m. start June 2. Entry forms and information on the three-event (biking, swimming and running) race can be obtained by calling Sid Lenger or Tammy Anderson at (919) 841-3898.

The start / finish line for this, the eighth and final year of the Youth Unlimited Triathlon, will be in Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake in High Point. The triathlon will begin with a 1.5 kilometer swim, followed by a 40 kilometer bicycle leg. The race's final leg is a 10 kilometer run.Over the years the Youth Unlimited Triathlon has established a reputation as one of the Southeast's finest races. Two years ago race director Sid Lenger announced he could only commit to two more years coordinating the race because of growing business commitments. Efforts to find a replacement have been fruitless. In November, the board of directors decided to make this year's race The Big Finish - the last race.

The idea for a triathlon came about during a fund-raising drive. Lenger and his oldest daughter, Chris, were throwing around ideas for a way to raise money to establish a trust fund for Youth Unlimited Inc. They decided to pattern a local triathlon after the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon.

The Youth Unlimited Triathlon met with instant success and quickly became a popular event on the triathlon circuit. It began drawing nationally-known competitors like Rob Roller and Scott Molina, an Ironman winner. But the backbone for the competition has been local competitors. Last year the race drew 540 entrants in individual and team categories.

Proceeds from the triathlon go to Youth Unlimited Inc., a Christian based non-profit organization that works with troubled teenagers in the High Point area.


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