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Inaugural Dixie Triathlon is Saturday

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HUNTINGDON, Tenn. — Launching from the stunning shores of the Thousand Acre Recreation Lake in September 2018, the Dixie Triathlon will debut as the first ever organized triathlon race in Carroll County and the town of Huntingdon.

The Dixie Triathlon, presented by Above The Fold Events & Sport Promotions and benefiting The Dixie Performing Arts Center and Academic Enrichment Center in Huntingdon, will showcase the natural beauty of West Tennessee while also promoting the positives of an active lifestyle and additional race opportunities for triathletes across the country. Along with benefiting The Dixie, the triathlon promises to offer participants and spectators one of the most unique and entertaining races in Tennessee.

It is co-sponsored by McKenzie Medical Center and in memory of the late Dr. Volker Winkler, who was an avid athlete.

On Sept. 15, 2018, racers will tackle either the Sprint or Olympic courses, both of which start in Carroll County’s Thousand Acre Lake. Competitors will endure a 500- or 1,500-meter swim, followed by a 20- or 40-kilometer bike ride before racing to the finish with a 5- or 10-kilometer run.

A portion of proceeds generated by racer entries will return to support the mission and programs of The Dixie, the premiere entertainment venue in northwest Tennessee. But that’s not all that makes the Dixie Triathlon unique; a special prize will be waiting for each racer at the finish line.

The bikers will run and bike in and around the lake and the town of Huntingdon.

Above The Fold welcomes athletes from across the country to its fourth triathlon event for summer 2018.

“We’re excited about adding this new triathlon to the calendar, not only to help further the sport by providing competitors new opportunities to compete and test themselves, but also because of the community in which we’ll showcase this event,” Above The Fold founder and race director Joe Fleenor said. “The town of Huntingdon, Carroll County and local business leaders alike have been so supportive and enthusiastic in helping to launch the Dixie Triathlon, and I look forward to introducing our race participants to the amazing welcome mat that the community plans to lay down for them.”

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