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Race Preview: 2019 Dirty Pelican Bike Paddle Run (Klamath Falls)

When you’re looking for mulitsport events on the race calendar, most of them will be the traditional swim/bike/run triathlons. The Dirty Pelican race in Klamath Falls on October 12th switches it up by replacing the swimming portion with a kayak paddle. The race starts and finishes in Veterans Memorial Park, making transitions easy. Participants start out with a 5.9 mile mountain bike ride on city streets, the narrow trails of Moore Park, and the gravel bike trail along the Link River.

Next, the racers transition to a 1.5 mile triangular paddle on Lake Ewauna. You can choose kayak, paddeboard, canoe, or any other craft, as long as its only propulsion is on person paddling. Finally, the 2.9 mile run goes back to the trails for Moore Park, before runners finish back at Veterans Memorial Park.

This race started out as a friendly competition between off-duty firefighters, nurses, police, and other first responders. As it has grown in popularity, Pregnancy Hope Center has taken on the event as a fundraiser and has opened it to the community.

Dirty Pelican Bike Paddle Run details:
When: Saturday, Oct 12; 10am
Where: Klamath Falls (Map)
What: 5.9 mile bike, 1.5 mile paddle, 2.9 mile run
Registration: Online here
Registration cost: $75 individual; $175 for a team of three participants
Registration includes: Race entry, event shirt

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