First Responders Triathlon-Duathlon all set for Sept. 22

The second annual Bethany Beach First Responders Sprinternational Triathlon-Duathlon, sponsored by Meris Properties, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22. The Triathlon-Duathlon will benefit Bethany Beach’s first responders in the fire and EMS service of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, with options to support Autism Speaks and Share-A-Lot.

This year, in addition to the triathlon and duathlon, a new aquabike option will be offered.

The Bethany Beach First Responders Sprinternational Triathlon-Duathlon will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 22. It is a USA Triathlon-sanctioned event, produced by Seashore Striders Event Productions Inc.

The event will start with a point-to-point ocean swim. The transition area will be on Garfield Parkway at Atlantic Avenue in downtown Bethany Beach. The bike and run will encompass Bethany Beach, North Bethany, Indian River Inlet Bridge and South Bethany. The race will end on the Bethany Beach boardwalk, with an after-party catered by sponsor Bethany Blues and awards ceremony at the bandstand. There will also be a Beer Garden at Mango’s, sponsored by Mango’s and 3rd Wave Brewing Co.

The 2013 event is expected to sell out, as the inaugural race did last September, so athletes are being encouraged to register now. Athletes will have the opportunity to compete in one of three races, each featuring finishing medals, and overall, first-timers, masters, Clydesdale, Athena, First Responder and age-group awards.

• The Triathlon – 1,000-meter (.62-mile) ocean swim, 30K (18.5mile) bike ride and 7K (4.35-mile) run.

• The Duathlon – 1,000-meter (.62-mile) beach run, 30K (18.5-mile) bike ride and 7K (4.35-mile) run.

• The Aquabike – 1,000-meter (.62-mile) ocean swim, 30K (18.5-mile) bike ride, followed by less than a quarter-mile run to the finish line.

There are several clinics that will offer help to first-timers preparing for the events and those preparing for the ocean swim.

In addition to the day-of races and festivities, the Bethany Beach First Responders Sprinternational Triathlon-Duathlon will host a weekend-long series of events. On Friday, Sept. 20, there will be a Pre-Race Party held at the Starboard restaurant in Dewey Beach, featuring music, food and special beverage pricing. On Saturday, Sept. 21, from 4 to 8 p.m., the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Department will host the Packet Pick-Up and Sports Expo, which will feature the latest in multi-sport products and services.

Athletes who register before July 31 will receive a free Bethany Beach Triathlon training shirt. Limited sizes available and the incentive is only available for those who have not yet registered. Athletes who are already registered and want a shirt should contact Mary at (302) 537-2151.

Sponsorships are currently available, at a variety of price ranges. New this year: area businesses may purchase “Welcome Flags” to signal their support of the event. Organizers offered thanks to sponsors Meris Properties, PNC Bank, ResortQuest, Hyatt Place Dewey Beach, The Starboard, The Cottage Café, 3rd Wave Brewing Company, Bethany Beach Books, Mango’s, Bethany Blues, Baja Beach House Grill, Cycling Center of Coastal Delaware, The Dispatch, D3Corp, Delaware Wave, Rehoboth Beach Sports, Marine Homes, The Coastal Point, Peninsula Oil & Propane, Bethany Dental Associates, Wilgus Associates, Tansey-Warner Real Estate and Creative Resource Group.

For more details, including registration information, sponsorship information, ocean swim and transition area clinics, or to volunteer, visit: