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Love City Triathlon Returns to St. John

Aug. 21, 2006 – The eighth annual Love City Triathlon sponsored by the St. John Landsharks begins at 7 a.m. on Sept. 3.
"What better way to see St. John than to participate in a triathlon," said organizer Jude Woodcock.
Woodcock said participants get to swim in the beautiful ocean, cycle almost all the way around the island, and run right along side the ocean.
The half-mile swim is at Maho Bay, with the 14-mile bike course running along the North Shore Road to Cruz Bay and via Centerline Road to Annaberg. The four-mile run takes off and ends at Annaberg.
Participants can do the entire event or form a relay team.
Awards are made in the male, female and relay divisions. Additionally, an inter-island award will be given to the top island.
In the 2005 event, 61 people participated, and Dick Luttekes, a pharmacist from St. Maarten, took home top honors for the men for the second year in a row.
And Theresa Harper, a teacher at County Day School on St. Croix, tasted victory for the first time after finishing second for the previous six years.
Woodcock said she hasn't heard one word from the St. Maarten contingent about their participation in this year's event, but she does know that Harper will race. She said Harper suffered an injury in May, so her ability to swim competitively is uncertain.
"But she's going to be tough anyway," Woodcock said.
Participants must attend a mandatory pre-race meeting at Maho Bay Camps on Sept. 2. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and will also be the last opportunity to register. There is no registration on the day of the event.
Participants can register online at www.8tuffmiles.com by clicking on the shark link. Participants may also register at Caribbean Surf Co. at Havensight and in Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas; at GNC/Endurance Sports at Sunny Isle, St. Croix; or on St. John at Connections in Cruz Bay.
Registration is $30 for individuals and $25 per person for each relay participant. Those who register receive a T-shirt and goodie bag.
Participants will receive a free stay the night before the event at Maho Bay Camps. Participants from the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean countries receive a 50 percent discount on additional nights. Call Maho Bay Camps at 800-392-9004 or 340-776-6240 or e-mail reservations@maho.org to make a reservation. The reservation deadline is noon Sept. 2.
For more information on the race, e-mail Kathie or Robert Laseter at katmcm@attglobal.net or sbrrob@attglobal.net. Call Woodcock at 693-5283.

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