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The expanded MK Triathlon, formerly known as Splash-N-Dash, will be staged as a full-fledged festival Saturday morning, headquartered in the new Jack Lake Pavilion at Veterans Memorial Park.

There have been a few planning hiccups in the move from a swimming and running event into a true triathlon, with swimming, running and cycling components, but organizers said they are ready for a good group of competitors, pushed to the finish line by enthusiastic spectators.

New this year will be the introduction of Sundrop Slushees as part of the fund raising efforts for the Antigo Swim Program. Volunteers will also be offering loaded baked potatoes, pulled pork sandwiches and Antigo Optimist Club cheese curds.

Plans for craft beer have been pulled due to county ordinances which do not allow the sale of alcoholic beverages at the park.

According to Sarah Repp, Optimist president, after the triathlon tryout, the slushees will be added to the fair menu as a treat for fair attendees and another opportunity for everyone to support positive youth programs in Langlade County. New location will be inside the former 4-H food stand, offering curd lovers a chance to enjoy their treat in air-conditioned comfort.

The slushees will be served Saturday from about 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or later for everyone coming to Jack Lake as participants and spectators.

The race was named in memory of the late Michelle Koss, a longtime advocate for health and fitness. She created the Splash-N-Dash as a fund-raiser for the swim club and after her death it was renamed in her memory. The club also had a bench built in her honor near the beach at Jack Lake with her picture on it.

Money raised through the event has been used to support the varsity boys and girls swim programs, with a substantial portion earmarked for the swim club. Event organizers said they have been pleased with the amount of support they have been able to provide but are hoping to raise more money in the coming years to provide more opportunities for youth involved in swimming. That expansion may include starting a middle school swim team.

The new triathlon race consists of a 500-meter swim, 15-kilometer bike, and a five-kilometer run. Competitors may also choose the original Splash-N-Dash race, which includes a 500 meter swim and a 5-kilometer run.

There is also a youth race for children ages 6-11, with those in the 6-8 year old age range swimming 25 yards, and running 1/4 mile, while those in the 9-11 age group will swim 50 yards, and run 1/2 miles.

The 15-kilometer bike portion of the triathlon will take place largely on the newly-built offroad bike trails that wind through a majority of Veterans Memorial Park, with small straight-aways on Park Road. The rest of the course, both the swim and run segments, will be the same as the classic Splash-N-Dash course has been for the past few years.

The bike paths were built in 2017 by volunteers from the Langlade Area Mountain Bike Association.

Along with the introduction of a new race, the club is hoping to attract a wider cross section of the community this year with music, food, and beverage vendors to entertain racers and spectators during and after the conclusion of the races.

Registrations have been being accepted online, with a deadline of midnight tonight, and will also be taken the morning of the race starting at 7 a.m.
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MK Triathlon Committee members Mary Ponasik and Michelle Arlen along with Antigo Optimist members Angie Close, Drew Lundt and Fred Kawalski give their stamp of approval to Sundrop Slushees.

Expanded triathlon is Saturday
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The expanded MK Triathlon, formerly known as Splash-N-Dash, will be staged as a full-fledged festival Saturday morning, headquartered in the new Jack Lake Pavilion at Veterans Memorial Park.

There have been a few planning hiccups in the move from a swimming and running event into a true triathlon, with swimming, running and cycling components, but organizers said they are ready for a good group of competitors, pushed to the finish line by enthusiastic spectators.

New this year will be the introduction of Sundrop Slushees as part of the fund raising efforts for the Antigo Swim Program. Volunteers will also be offering loaded baked potatoes, pulled pork sandwiches and Antigo Optimist Club cheese curds.

Plans for craft beer have been pulled due to county ordinances which do not allow the sale of alcoholic beverages at the park.

According to Sarah Repp, Optimist president, after the triathlon tryout, the slushees will be added to the fair menu as a treat for fair attendees and another opportunity for everyone to support positive youth programs in Langlade County. New location will be inside the former 4-H food stand, offering curd lovers a chance to enjoy their treat in air-conditioned comfort.

The slushees will be served Saturday from about 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or later for everyone coming to Jack Lake as participants and spectators.

The race was named in memory of the late Michelle Koss, a longtime advocate for health and fitness. She created the Splash-N-Dash as a fund-raiser for the swim club and after her death it was renamed in her memory. The club also had a bench built in her honor near the beach at Jack Lake with her picture on it.

Money raised through the event has been used to support the varsity boys and girls swim programs, with a substantial portion earmarked for the swim club. Event organizers said they have been pleased with the amount of support they have been able to provide but are hoping to raise more money in the coming years to provide more opportunities for youth involved in swimming. That expansion may include starting a middle school swim team.

The new triathlon race consists of a 500-meter swim, 15-kilometer bike, and a five-kilometer run. Competitors may also choose the original Splash-N-Dash race, which includes a 500 meter swim and a 5-kilometer run.

There is also a youth race for children ages 6-11, with those in the 6-8 year old age range swimming 25 yards, and running 1/4 mile, while those in the 9-11 age group will swim 50 yards, and run 1/2 miles.

The 15-kilometer bike portion of the triathlon will take place largely on the newly-built offroad bike trails that wind through a majority of Veterans Memorial Park, with small straight-aways on Park Road. The rest of the course, both the swim and run segments, will be the same as the classic Splash-N-Dash course has been for the past few years.

The bike paths were built in 2017 by volunteers from the Langlade Area Mountain Bike Association.

Along with the introduction of a new race, the club is hoping to attract a wider cross section of the community this year with music, food, and beverage vendors to entertain racers and spectators during and after the conclusion of the races.

Registrations have been being accepted online, with a deadline of midnight tonight, and will also be taken the morning of the race starting at 7 a.m.
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MK Triathlon Committee members Mary Ponasik and Michelle Arlen along with Antigo Optimist members Angie Close, Drew Lundt and Fred Kawalski give their stamp of approval to Sundrop Slushees.
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