Washington Crossing Historic Park will be a buzz of activity the morning of September 2 when the Bucks County Duathlon comes to town.
The duathlon consists of a two-mile run, 10-mile bike and two-mile run. It’s challenging enough for the experienced athlete yet friendly enough for the novice racer.
People in the area know how attractive this setting is, but entrants from all over the East Coast have participated and they’re pleasantly surprised at the scenic route the race takes. The run courses traverse the historic Washington Crossing Historic Park while the bike competition will be held on River Road (Route 32) with great views of the river.
With River road recently being paved, the course is flat, fast and will be closed to vehicular traffic.
“This race started out great, and keeps gets better every year,’’ Gwen Smith, the race director, said.
Eric Stern another race director explains, “The distances and having a relatively flat course allows us to attract a lot of beginning multi-sport athletes,’’ Stern said. “These are athletes that are looking to do something a little different then just a run or bike ride by combining both sports.
Timing and registration once again will be handled by Lin-Mark Sports, the Mantua, N.J.-based firm which times events up and down the East Coast, including the New York Triathlon Club’s prestigious biathlon series.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Washington Crossing Visitor Center and the Missy Flynn Fund, named for the Newtown athlete who survived a brain aneurysm in 2005.
Improvements for the race this year include the repaving of River road, music and DJ and tech shirts for all pre-registrants.
“This race can be done by most anyone so grab some friends or family and do as a team’’ said Betz, also a race director. “Seasoned athletes will be challenged and novices will find a course that’s not intimidating and doable.’’
Registration is available at www.buckscountyduathlon.org or www.lin-mark.com. The fee is $70 until Aug. 22, $80 after that.
The Newtown Bike Shop, owned and operated by Harry Betz, will serve as information center for the race.