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Riverton triathlon coming up; new running events added to this year's competition list

Jul 15, 2013 - Staff

Runners, walkers and swimmers from around the region are preparing for the third annual Go Fremont County! Triathlon on Saturday, July 27, in Riverton.

The event is designed to raise funds to repair the Darcie Zimmer Memorial bike path that parallels North 8th West in Riverton.

"We hope runners, walkers and triathletes will register and participate to support the effort to rebuild the Darcie Zimmer Trail," Go Fremont County! president Lara Miller said.

Zimmer, a Riverton youth, died on Aug. 21, 1983, after being hit by a vehicle while riding her bike on North Eighth. A community effort, led by her father Vince Zimmer, helped construct the path as a memorial to Darcie, but it is in bad condition now.

"The trail is in total disrepair. We want to do all that we can to help rebuild what should be a lasting memorial for Darcie Zimmer," Miller said.

There are events for individuals and teams for the triathlon. New this year are 1K, 5K and 10K walks or runs for individuals.

"We want to give everyone a chance to participate. This is an important community goal," Miller said.

The Fremont County District 25 Recreation Board already has committed $50,000 to the project estimated to cost as much as $500,000.

Costs for the events are $35 for the 1K, 5K or 10K events, $50 for an individual triathlon entry, and $75 for a relay team entry.

All participants will get a T-shirt and gift bag and there are prizes for the winners in several categories for both men and women.

"It's a very healthy thing to do, plus it ultimately will benefit everyone in our community," Miller said.

More information can be obtained by calling Miller at 307-851-0478 or online at gofremontcounty.com.

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