Chisago Lakes Triathlon coming July 22

The seventh-annual Chisago Lakes Half Iron & Sprint Triathlon will start at 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 22 at Paradise Park. The Chisago Lakes Kids Triathlon is scheduled for Saturday, July 21 at 9 a.m.

“The Chisago Lakes Triathlon has proven to be a success over the past six years with an overwhelming response of participants reaching and exceeding 1700 participants,” says Gloria West, race director. “Currently it is the second-largest triathlon in the state of Minnesota and it continues to grow each year.”

The annual event offers both half iron and sprint distances. The sprint distance includes a quarter-mile swim, 20-mile bike, and 3.1-mile run, while half iron participants will complete a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, and 13.1-mile run. The swim takes place at the beach at Paradise Park on Chisago Lake. The bike and run travel through Stacy, Almelund, Taylor Falls, Sunrise and North Branch.

Over $5,000 in prize money will be awarded. A portion of the proceeds from the triathlon will benefit Family Pathways and the Chisago Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, which coordinates volunteers for the event.

To register for the 2012 triathlon, call 1-800-429-8044 or register online at