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Ester Marsh: Sunday is the 10th anniversary of the Buck Hurley Triathlon

On Sunday , the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA is hosting its 10th annual Buck Hurley Triathlon presented by Cloninger Ford and Toyota.

Ten years! The triathlon is a big fundraiser and part of our annual giving campaign. We couldn’t do this without the support of our community, our amazing volunteers and our sponsors.

Thank you to Busby and Webb Orthodontics for sponsoring the little Buck Tri at 1 p.m. Saturday. It’s all on YMCA property and is for ages 8 and younger. It’s not timed, and everyone will receive a finisher’s medal like the “big” Buck Triathlon.

The children swim 25 yards in the pool, ride a bike for a half mile on the back track and complete a 275-meter run, including a water station. You can sign up online or at the YMCA for this event.

The big Buck sign-up is online only; find it at runsignup.com/BuckHurleytriathlon.

A super thank you to Gordon and Caroline Hurley for letting us honor and remember their son, Buck, who died too soon of cancer. They donate the prize money (and more) for triathletes from all over to compete.

We also have a Rowan County category for our hometown triathletes.

Our other sponsors and supporters are Wendy’s; Accelerate Therapy & Performance; Koontz and Smith Attorneys at Law; F&M Bank; Novant Health, Dr. Stallworth; Novant Health Carolina Women’s Associates; Beatrice Hair With Body Wisdom; Salisbury tutoring academy; Hendrix BBQ; Salisbury Rowan Runners; Skinny Wheels Bike Shop; Salisbury Parks and Recreation; Salisbury Police Department; Salisbury Fire Department; and the city of Salisbury.

The Buck Hurley Triathlon includes a 300-yard swim where athletes zig-zag through the pool, and their time starts when they cross the mat activating their chip. They come out of the pool into the transition area going out the gate on the Juice Life and Life Church side for a 10-mile bike course of two laps on Jake Alexander Boulevard, Statesville Boulevard and Brenner Avenue.

Brenner will be closed from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m., so you might need to find another way.

Coming back from the bike through the same side, they place their bike back in transition to go on their 5K run. The 5K goes behind our wonderful neighbor Harris Teeter, turning right on the greenway crossing railroads and near John Calvin Presbyterian Church, turning around to go back and finish.

We want this triathlon to be exciting for everyone in the community but as with any event, local traffic will be affected for a short period of time. It will start at 7:30 a.m. with the pool swim followed by the bike ride then the 5K. Participants should be off the roads by 9:45 a.m. We appreciate your patience and support.

You can still sign up or get more info at runsignup.com.

And we still need volunteers. We have positions such as lane coaches, mount and dismount workers, and course marshals that need to be filled.

If you need additional information or have questions or want to volunteer, email me at emarsh@rowanymca.org or call the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA at 704-636-0111, Ext. 212.

I hope to see many of you at our 10th annual Buck Hurley triathlon this Sunday.

Get ready to “Buck Up!”

Ester H. Marsh is health and fitness director of the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA and is race director for the Buck Hurley Triathlon.

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