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Duathlon brings out the best in Akwesasne


Madison Seguin, Fun Run winner.

Numerous running/biking enthusiasts met at the new Generations Park and Senior Center behind the Tribal Police Station Aug. 19. to take part in the first annual Hogansburg Run/Bike/Run Duathlon. Participants consisted of 14 individual men, 6 individual women, and 2 teams starting at the center running 1.5 miles to Cree Road and back, an 8 mile bike down Helena Road, and then another 1.5 mile run. There was also a 1 mile fun run for the 6 younger participants who completed 5 laps around the soccer field.

First place finishers from left to right: women’s, Jeni Backus; teams, Ray Meade and Amy Hollister; and men’s, Teaente (Kent) Fetter.

The purpose of the event was to fundraise for Northern TRIBS Swimming, a club “dedicated to enhancing techniques and race ability for motivated swimmers in the communities surrounding the tributaries of the St. Lawrence River in Northern New York (,” and to bring awareness to the importance of physical activity for a healthy life.

“We are trying to provide resources for kids to live healthy lives,” said organizer Josh Jock from Salmon River Central School’s Northern TRIBS Swimming. He also liked that the event reached out to community members and getting to work with other groups like the Let’s Get Healthy Program.

The event was all in good fun and participants left with a real sense of accomplishment.

Photos by Mary La France and Josh Jock


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