Fifth Annual Peanut Butter Duathlon May 1

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

This Saturday (May 1) is the Fifth Annual Peanut Butter Duathlon presented by SwedishAmerican Health System. Participants can run, bike and feed the hungry all at one time. The event will be at Rock Cut State Park.

The morning begins with a 2-mile trial run inside the park, followed by a 14-mile bike ride on the paved roads circling Pierce Lake, and then everyone gets off their bikes and goes for another 2-mile trail run, finishing back at the Olson Lake Beach area.

Race day registration at Rock Cut State Park, Olson Lake Parking Area will begin at 7 a.m. and close at 8:30 a.m. The individual entry fee on race day is $40. The team fee on race day is $60. The race begins at 9 a.m. All proceeds of this race benefit the Rock River Valley Pantry of Rockford.

Racers will be divided into the following divisions: Individual; Clydesdale (male 200-plus pounds, not scored in age group); Athena (female, 170-plus pounds, not scored in age group); Female Relay Team; Male Relay Team; and Coed Relay Team.

Age groups are as follow: 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44,45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and 65 and older

Prizes are as follow: cash prizes ($75, $50 and $25) will be presented to the top overall male and female finishers.

Prize money winners are not eligible for age group awards.

Timing: The race will be professionally timed using a chip timing system. Complete splits and transition times will be posted at the event and on the Internet shortly following the race.

All race participants will be treated to free bicycle tune-ups, food, beverages, entertainment and product giveaways.

The event will be held rain or shine, and refunds are not available. All participants are required to wear a helmet that complies with USDOT safety standards.

More information is available by contacting race director Eric Wilson at or you may call the RRVP office at (815) 965-2466.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the April 28-May 4, 2010 issue

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