Step Outdoors “Tryathlon” registration now open

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A participant paddles toward the finish line during the second leg of the 2017 Tryathlon on Hills Creek Lake.

WELLSBORO, Pa. (WETM) – This Saturday, Sept. 21, the 12th Annual Step Outdoors Tryathlon and 5K Trail Walk/Run will be at Hills Creek State Park.

Every finisher in the Tryathlon and the stand-alone 5K will receive a medallion, and the race is open to all ages.

Registration and check-in time this Saturday will be from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the tent between the park’s bathhouse and concession stand.

Those who register in person will pay a $25 entry fee to do the 5K Trail Run/Walk only and a $30 entry fee to do the three legs of the Tryathlon solo.

For two- or three-person teams the entry fee for the Tryathlon is $65 per team. At registration on race day, any surplus event T-shirts will be available for purchase while supplies last. 

The pre-race talk for all entrants, especially those participating for the first time, will be at 9:45 a.m. 

The start time for both the Tryathlon and the 5K is 10 a.m.

Walkers and runners can opt to do the 5K only. Individuals can solo or be on a two- or three-member team to compete in the three legs of the event – the 5K, the 1.75-mile paddle a canoe or kayak on Hills Creek Lake and the 8-mile biking course on dirt and hard top roads around the park. 

The focus of the Step Outdoors TRYathlon is on trying rather than winning, on camaraderie rather than competition and on personal challenge rather than place of finish. That is the reason age and gender categories were eliminated in 2015. 

For more information about the Tryathlon or 5K, visit

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