On Saturday March 30, runners and cyclists of the St. Mary’s community will get the chance to showcase their talents throughout Historic and down Route 5, and for a good cause.
The SMCM Bike Shop, in alliance with the Cross Country team and Circle K International, will host the College’s first duathlon event titled Du the Point to benefit the St. Mary’s County Christmas in April Auction.
Senior and SMCM Bike Shop manager Nathan Smith is coordinating the event along with members of the Du the Point committee, consisting of senior Alex Cole, senior Katie Morgan, Assistant Dean of Student Kelly Schroeder, Professor of Mathematics and Bike Shop adviser Dave Kung, and cross country head coach Tom Fisher.
Though a maintenance worker at the College proposed the idea to him over the summer, Smith developed the idea along with his shop mechanic staff. “I have gone twice [to Christmas in April] and had a blast both times, so that’s the charity we decided to benefit with this event,” said Smith.
The route for the duathlon (displayed in the picture below) begins in Historic St. Mary’s City at Farthings Ordinary, with the 5k run with follows the same path as the annual Petruccelli 5K, followed by a 35K bike ride down Route 5 to the entrance of Point Lookout State Park and back.
Teams for the event can consist of both individuals and relay teams. Cost for registering are 20 dollars for individual students, 30 dollars for student relay teams, 30 dollars for a non-student individual, and 40 dollars for a non-student relay team. Bikers will have to provide their own bikes for the event.
Smith noted that although he’d like to make the event an annual thing, he will “have to see how it goes. There’s danger in calling something the first annual anything,” he said. “But I would love that.”
Local businesses have already agreed to help out at the event as well, according to Smith. Prizes for individual and relay teams include gift cards to Bollywood Masala and Patuxent Adventure Sports. Also, Patuxent Adventure Sports has agreed to provide a SAG vehicle for on-site bike repairs during the race. The Southern Maryland Cycling Team will also be in attendance of the duathlon.
Smith also mentioned the need for volunteers. “Circle K [International] is going to help volunteer, and we are looking for many more. If you would like to volunteer at the March 30 event, please contact Nathan Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Runners and cyclists can register for the duathlon at https://www.bikereg.com/Net/18347.
Du the Point will begin at 8a.m. and end at noon.
For more information about Du the Point, visit the event’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/events/473079576061872/?fref=ts.