For Immediate Release
Date: March 6, 2006
BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Quest program invites those interested in participating in the Eco-Quest race to start preparing.
The sixth annual race will be held Saturday, April 29, and begin at the Quest climbing wall on the upper campus of BU. The off-road triathlon event will consist of 2.5 miles of paddling, 7 miles of running, both road and trail, and 12 miles of biking on trails. Their will be teams of two and four, as well as individual participants. This year, Eco-Quest officially marks the beginning of the River Town Races Series.
Quest volunteer Kevin Flynn, a freshman math major from Bloomsburg, believes it is very important for participants to prepare for the race. “It is essential to get your body physically ready for the miles of work that you’re going to be putting it through, so as much training as you’re able to do, whether it be paddling, running or biking, is crucial.”
The race will start with padding along the Susquehanna River and continue to Fishing Creek. The running will then proceed along the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, through town and end on upper campus. The final portion of the race—biking—will continue along the bike trails on upper campus.
Boats will be available through Quest; a refundable deposit is required. Those using their own boats must have a current registration with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Participants must provide their own bikes.
The pre-registration deadline is Friday, March 31; those who sign up prior to the deadline will receive an Eco-Quest T-shirt. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29. It will be followed by a mandatory 8:30 a.m. pre-race meeting. The race will begin promptly at 9 a.m. The cost of participating in this event is $25 per person.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.