The Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon set for 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, will benefit nonprofits Pathways to Success and United Through Sport.
The event consists of a half-mile swim, 3.45-mile run and 16-mile bike. It begins and ends at Delaware Seashore State Park, Tower Road.
Ava Cannon, triathlon founder, said, “We felt that the mission of Pathways to Success, which is to prepare youth, adults and their families for successful lives, integrated wonderfully with the mission of United Through Sport, U.S.A., which is a part of the global charity organization focused on working with kids from disadvantaged backgrounds using the power of sport to improve education and build life skills.”
Fay Blake, Pathways to Success executive director, said, “We are so appreciative to Ava Cannon for selecting our organization as a benefactor of this event. I’m thrilled that United Through Sport was also selected. Besides being the director for the U.S. chapter of United Through Sport, Domineque Scott works directly with the youth in the Pathways to Success program at Milford High School as a program administrator.”
The Dewey Beach Sprint organizers are hoping for better weather than last year when the event had to be cancelled due to Hurricane Florence. Approximately 500 people are expected to participate, including relay team members.
Some traffic congestion can be expected from 7:30 to 11 a.m. the morning of the event, so participants and area residents are asked to plan accordingly. Spectators can watch along the beach at the state park for the swim, along the streets of Dewey Beach for the run or at the transition area at Delaware Seashore State Park.
Spectators are encouraged to walk to the park, as parking is very limited. A post party is held for participants and others after the event. The cost to attend the party is $5.