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Lake Max Triathlon slated for Aug. 10, will bring hundreds to Culver

July 3, 2013

The Lake Max Triathlon is back for its second year, and if the first event is any indication, the morning of Saturday, August 10 should see an event greater showcasing of Culver to hundreds of visitors, as well as a collaboration between various local entities to especially benefit service and charitable groups in town.

Once again under the banner of, "Swim the Max, Bike the Max, Run the Max, Party at the Max," the USAT-certified triathlon (lakemaxtriathlon.blogspot.com and facebook.com/LakeMaxTriathlon) begins and ends at the Naval Building on the Culver Academies campus.

Once again the course is a 400-meter swim around the Naval Pier, 10 miles of biking around the lake, and a five-kilometer run meandering through town. The distance is perfect for both experienced and novice racers. Teams are welcome.

Over 250 people participated in the 2012 triathlon, which was a collaborative effort between Culver Academies, the Culver Lions and Kiwanis Clubs, the Culver Club of Culver, and several other local entities, liasoning with the Culver Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the event were shared equally by the collaborating clubs following last year's triathlon.

Academies Wellness director and primary organizer of the event Dana Neer said earlier this year that the event was conceived as a "cultural climate changing" community event with four goals, including creating "a special wellness event at a great location," to liaison with the Chamber of Commerce and businesses so the community would profit from the event, to see Culver Academies alums to return to the area (which he said many did), and to team up with local civic organizations to give the event a "humanitarian empha­sis."

The triathlon was also intended to showcase the entire Culver community, according to Neer. While the races started and ended on the Academies' campus, the cycling portion of the event was intentionally routed through the town of Culver, with the intention of showcasing it to newcomers as well as Academies alums who may not have visited in a while.

Options for team participation and various divisions of the event were purposefully geared towards allowing participants of virtually all levels to be an active part of the action, Neer noted.

Neer noted the triathlon committee's original goal was 150 participants, a "high benchmark," he said. Once pre-registration numbers reached 250, organizers realized they didn't have enough food or volunteers to add many more participants in the running, biking, and swimming event. Sixty people were turned down, he said, by the time the event took place.

Volunteers, many of whom were derived from service clubs in Culver, were repeatedly complimented following the 2012 triathlon, Neer added. This year, Neer said participation of 500 people isn't an unrealistic goal.

This year’s event will again include a live band, a chef-prepared full-course meal, free massages, dry-fit shirts, and post-race energy drinks and beers after the race. All proceeds collected are donated to the local Lions, Kiwanis and Culver clubs to help with their humanitarian causes.

Those interested in participating may register online at active.com or by downloading the registratiion form at the triathlon website.

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