Local endurance athletes will converge on Coffenbury Lake at Fort Stevens State Park Saturday, for the Fifth K. Vlaun Triathlon/Duathlon, sponsored by the Astoria Parks and Recreation Department.

The event, which debuted in October 2010, continues to provide local endurance athletes with a test of speed and skill in one of the most multisport friendly settings on the North Coast.

This will be the first time the event is held under the direction of new Astoria’s Parks and Recreation Director Angela Cosby, who is an avid triathlete.

“I’m excited to be on the other side of a triathlon and experience one from an organizer’s view compared to the athletes side of things,” Cosby said.

The event is named for former Astoria resident Kristen Vlaun, who founded this now annual event to encourage and embrace fitness on the North Coast.

“I am psyched that the event is still going strong and have loved watching the Astoria tri/Masters swim groups expand and grow,” Vlaun said. “Astoria is so fortunate to have such strong groups that are encouraging and supportive of good health. We miss everyone in Astoria and wish everyone good luck on Saturday.”

The triathlon event features a 400-yard swim, followed by a 10-mile bike ride and a 2.5-mile trail run around the lake. The duathlon features a 2.5-mile trail run, followed by the 10-mile bike ride, then another 2.5-mile trail run again around the lake.

The shorter distances make it an ideal event for the first time participant, as well as providing a great training race for more experienced endurance athletes, organizers said.

Registration is still open. Cost for an individual to compete is $60, teams cost $150 per three-person squad. Interested parties can register at the Astoria Recreation Center at 1411 Grand Ave., or online at www.astoriaparks.com. For more information, call 503-325-7275. Registration costs double the day of the race, so participants are encouraged to register early.


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