MiltonMan triathlon tests endurance

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Athletes from around the Valley converged on Lake Milton Sunday for the MiltonMan Triathlon competition.

Athletes took to the pavement for a 10K run, then a one-mile swim and a 24-mile bike ride.

The fitness challenge is sponsored by Champ Racing.

The race started at the Harry Meshel picnic area for the running and biking portion of the race, and an open swim was held on the north side of the lake.

Organizer Julie Lawson said the competition has a little for everyone.

“It’s a multi-sport event,” said Lawson. “It’s not only for people that run, it’s for people that bike and want to swim. So, for people that get bored easily, it typically is a good event for those people.”

Training for the event takes months, and Canfield High School junior Mack Mettille said the physical strain isn’t as hard as finding the time to train.

“The challenges are just finding the time to train for all of them,” said Mettille. “Finding the time to swim, finding the time to bike, finding the time to run. It’s very hard to do, but it’s worth it.”

The next triathlon event will be held at West Branch State Park on Aug. 18.

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