[MOUNT PLEASANT] – After a successful inaugural event, the run-bike-run Off-Road Duathlon competition will return to Laurel Hill County Park in Mount Pleasant on Saturday, Jan. 19. Registration is now open.
The three-part race will feature a two-mile run followed by a seven-mile bike ride and will finish with another two-mile run, on the scenic off-road trails of Laurel Hill County Park. The event is beginner-friendly, and is presented by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) in partnership with Anne Moore Endurance Coaching and Mt. Pleasant Velo.
"This is a great event for beginners who are looking to venture into triathlons or other multi-sport races,” said Anne Moore, endurance coach and partner with the Off-Road Duathlon. “It’s also a fun option for current athletes who are looking for some cross-training in the off-season."
The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. A transition area will be used for setup between legs of the race. The bike portion of the event is best suited for knobby, wide-tired bikes. Following the race, awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers, and masters’ division winners. Finisher medals will be provided to all participants.
Helmets are required, and earbuds, pets and strollers will not be allowed on the race course.
“Last year’s race drew participants of all levels on all types of bikes, we encourage more to do the same this year. It’s just plain fun!,” said CCPRC Fitness and Wellness Program Manager Allison Foster.
Laurel Hill County Park is located between Highway 17N and Highway 41 in Mount Pleasant. For the Duathlon, runners will enter through the special event entrance location, at 1400 Highway 41, and will be directed to the race start from that entrance. Access through Park West will not be permitted for this event.
The race is open to ages 16 and up. Registration is available now at CharlestonCountyParks.com or by calling 843-795-4386. Fees to participate are $45 in advance, or $54 on race day (from 7 – 8 a.m.).
Laurel Hill County Park features several miles of running, walking and biking trails that wind through a variety of landscapes. The property is over 745 acres in total size and features an oak allée, large open meadows, a small lake and gorgeous scenery. General admission to the park for trail usage is $1 per person. Laurel Hill County Park is also available for private rentals.
Fo more information or to register for the Off-Road Duathlon, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com or call 843-795-4386. This event is hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC).