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Circle Triathlon is Sunday in Ashland

August 29, 2011
ASHLAND — Sunday, Sept. 4, will mark the Circle Program's fourth annual Circle Triathlon. Beginning with check-in at 7:30 a.m. at the Riveredge Marina in Ashland, triathletes of all ages and abilities will enjoy the opportunity to participate in three tri activities (biking, swimming and running) and in one of three race levels. Participants may compete in all three activities as individuals or may team up with family members, co-workers and friends with each person taking a leg of the race.

Race Director Martha Macomber and event host Barry Gaw of Riveredge Marina created the Circle Triathlon to offer a community-oriented race to promote physical fitness, sportsmanship, and an introduction to the sport of triathlon, while providing family fun and financial support for the Circle Program. Beginner triathletes are encouraged to sign up for the Rattlesnake Race (500yard swim, 1.4-mile bike and quarter-mile run); intermediate triathletes should register for the Mount Morgan Challenge (200-yard swim, three-mile bike, half-mile run); and advanced triathletes will participate in the Mount Chocorua Challenge (quarter-mile swim, 12-mile bike, and 2.5-mile run).

Athletes may register online until Friday, Sept. 2, by going to: www.active.com/triathlon/ashland-nh/circle-triathlon-2011 or find the link to Active and more information (including race route maps) on the Circle Program Web site at www.circleprogram.org.On Saturday prior to the race, in-person registration will take place at Riveredge Marina from 4 to 6 p.m.

Echoing the long-standing mission of the Circle Program (a non-profit organization which serves New Hampshire's at-risk, low income girls), the Circle Triathlon promotes an opportunity for competitors to demonstrate "the Skills, Courage and Confidence to Tri." Proceeds from the event will benefit a deserving girl by funding her enrollment in the Circle Program's residential summer camp program and will provide her with mentoring support throughout the school year. The camp and mentoring programs are fantastic, life-changing opportunities for a girl that her family would otherwise not be able to afford.

Many of the participants who have already registered for the Circle Triathlon are actively fundraising to support a girl in the Circle Program. Several have set up their own on-line fundraising pages and are soliciting funds that will make a huge difference in the life of a local girl. You may easily create your own personalized fundraising page through Active at www.active.com/donate/circletri2011 or you may support a triathlete friend or the Circle Program directly by going to the same URL.

A fun addition to this year's Circle Triathlon will be the "Bike Wheel Art" the Circle girls and teens produced during the summer camp session under the direction of Cilla Sheehan of Bristol, a professional artist from the New Hampshire Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art. Using bike wheels and spokes donated by community members, the Circle girls fashioned large-scale "dreamweavers" by weaving fabric and yarn into the spokes. Samples of the bike art creations will decorate the Triathlon bike route and will be a colorful addition to this already vibrant community event.

The creative/collaborative partnership between the Circle Program and the Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) is a natural one since the two non-profits enjoy synchronicity of their missions. The Circle Program provides new opportunities for New Hampshire girls to build character, while supporting the development of courage, confidence and new skills that will multiply their future options. The WCA's mission is to promote the advancement of women through visual arts, professional networking, educational programs and exhibition opportunities. This new partnership between the organizations is serving as a parallel type of mentoring experience, similar to the relationships that Circle fosters between girls and their Circle Program mentors to support girls as they grow and learn.

For more information about the Circle Triathlon and the Circle Program, please call the Circle Program office at 536-4244.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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