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  • Thu August 07 2008
  • Posted Aug 7, 2008
Volunteers are needed for the fourth annual Council Bluffs Black Squirrel Triathlon, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23. The event will include a 1000-yard swim, 21-mile bike ride and 6.2 mile run, starting and finishing at Lake Manawa State Park beach. "There are many opportunities for people to get involved," said Catherine DeMasi of Parks and Recreation, one of the event organizers. "We need people to help with registration, water stations, turnaround points and the finish line." Volunteer shifts will begin at 5 a.m. with set-up at Lake Manawa State Park and continue through the conclusion of the triathlon, which will be around 11 a.m. "It's a great atmosphere," said Linda Robicheau of the Council Bluffs YMCA, another event organizer. "We had nearly 150 participants last year from all around the metro and even out-of-state. Volunteers were able to be part of the experience, meet some great people and present a fantastic event." The swim portion will be the first leg of the triathlon, with athletes hitting the water at 7:15 a.m. Next will be the bike segment, which will include a clockwise loop around Lake Manawa and then follow the city's trail system to Iowa Western Community College and back. The 10K run will come last, with participants heading counter-clockwise around the lake. Dozens of volunteers will help ensure the safety of participants, as well as speeding the check-in process and cheering and guiding athletes along the route. All volunteers will receive a T-shirt. There will be a training session at Boxer BBQ, 722 Creek Top, on Friday, Aug. 22. Lunch will be provided. The Bluffs Black Squirrel Triathlon is presented by Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau, Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation, Council Bluffs Police Department, Council Bluffs YMCA, Jennie Edmundson Hospital Sports Medicine and Iowa Department of Natural Resources at Lake Manawa. Participant registrations will continue to be accepted through Aug. 23. For information on how to volunteer with or participate in the triathlon, call Parks and Recreation at (712) 328-4650 or go online to www.cbparksandrec.org/specialevents.asp

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