First Responders triathlon-duathlon set for Sept. 21 in Bethany

The third annual Bethany Beach First Responders Sprinternational Triathlon-Duathlon, sponsored by Meris Properties, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21, to benefit the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and 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. Triathlon, duathlon and aquabike options will be offered.

The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 21. 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 at Garfield Parkway and Atlantic Avenue in downtown Bethany Beach. The bike and run will encompass Bethany Beach, North Bethany, the 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.

Each year since its inception, the event has sold out, so athletes are being encouraged to register now; already, more than 575 athletes have registered. Athletes will have the opportunity to compete in one of three races, featuring finishing medals, and overall, first-timers, masters, Clydesdale, Athena, First Responder and age-group awards.

Events include:

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

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

• The Aquabike — A 1,000-meter (.62-mile) ocean swim and 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-Aquabike will host a weekend-long series of events. On Friday, Sept. 19, 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. 20, from 3 to 8 p.m., the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Department will host the Packet Pick-Up and Sports Expo, which will feature multi-sport products and services and will be open to the general public.

Sponsorships are currently available, at a variety of price points. Sponsors to date include: Meris Properties, Creative Resource Group , 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, Vita Coco and Sea Colony.

For more details, including registration information, sponsorship information, ocean swim and transition area clinics information, or to volunteer, visit www.bethanybeachtri.com.