DRUMS — “For athletes, by athletes.”
That is the slogan for an upcoming triathlon – the Strive3 Olympic Triathlon in Drums. It will take place starting 7 a.m. on July 29 at Beech Mountain Lake.
The triathlon encompasses three disciplines of athletics: swimming, running, and cycling. Participants will swim 1,500 meters then bike for 22.5 miles, finishing up with a 6.2-mile run.
The race will take participants throughout Nescopeck State Park.
Around 150 participants are expected to attend. Food and drink post-race will be provided by Beech Mountain Lakeside Restaurant.
David Bass, the race director for Strive Olympics, said the race focuses on what was best for the athletes.
“We felt that it was important to build a race that took into account not what the board or the committee wanted, but what the racers want,” said Bass.
Every board and committee member has raced a triathlon previously.
The triathlon has sponsors from around the area. This year’s primary sponsors are Strive Multisport and Vision Imaging.
“Any money that we have leftover we give to local charity,” said Bass. “Last year, we raised almost five thousand dollars for a local charity, Back Mountain Trail.”
In the athlete guide, the triathlon urges participants to “be safe, have fun, and set a PR (personal record).”
“I want the athletes to have a fun time, not be pressured, and feel like they achieved something monumental,” said Bass. “I want them to want to race again, whether it’s our race or other races.”