Carla Lind, an employee of the LCARC who is charged with organizing the duathlon, said the idea was to try to appeal to a broader range of people.
“The thinking was, if we take the swim out of the equation, we might get more people involved,” she said.
In 2012’s inaugural duathlon, a little less than 90 people participated. It began under threatening weather and finished amid a pretty heavy rain storm that forced race organizers to pull some of the last few runners off the course.
“We think the weather may have hurt our day-of-race signups last year,” Baskfield said. “Our goal is to get over 100 people this year.”
Baskfield is a veteran of numerous triathlons and knows that is usually takes a few years for a race to become established. The theory is, after the first one, the word starts to spread and that continues the next year and so on until it becomes an event plan for well in advance.
“Our goal is get up to about 300 participants,” Baskfield said. “I can tell you as a participant that it’s a nice, flat course that should appeal to a lot of people.
“It’s been a long winter for everybody. If the weather cooperates we’re excited by the potential turnout we can get this year.”
If you go ... What: 2013 Lake Crystal Duathlon When: 8:15 a.m., Saturday, May 25 Where: Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center Details: Event includes a 3.1-mile run, 13-mile bike and 2-mile run for adults. There is also a kids 1-mile fun run at 10:30 a.m. Entry fee: Registration in advance is $50 per individual and $70 per relay team. The family rate is $70. On race day, entry fee is $60 per individual, $80 per relay team and $75 family rate. Kids run fee is $15 in advance and $20 day of race. Sign-up: Registration forms are available at the LCARC and online at lcarc.com. Information is also available by calling 507-726-6730.