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Sugar Beet Classic to mark 24th year on Saturday

The 25th running of the Sugar Beet Classic, a combination triathlon and separate 5K run, will be held Saturday.

The event is a fundraiser to help pay for improvements to the Powell Aquatic Center, according to Teri Oursler, the president of the Powell Swim Club. Members of the club, as well as swimmers on the Powell High School boys’ and girls’ swim teams, will help manage the event.

The goal is to install a record board and sound panels at the PAC, which is city-owned. The record board will cost $8,000, while $3,600 is needed for the sound panels.

Oursler, who has a child on the swim team and one who is a former member, said the money raised this weekend will be added to dollars previously collected.

“It will help,” she said. “It will help. We’ve already started construction.”

The triathlon will include a swim, a 15-mile bike ride and a 5K run. For those who don’t want to attempt a three-pronged test of their endurance, a 5K is also scheduled.

The triathlon begins at 8 a.m. with a 500-yard swim at the PAC, followed by a 15.5-mile bike ride starting at Homesteader Park departing on Road 8 to Lane 8 and then to Highway 295 (Elk Basin Highway) with the turnaround at the large pullout at the bottom of Airport Hill. The 5K run then starts at Homesteader Park and goes down Seventh Street to Grand Street and then back to the park.

The 5K run will start at Homesteader at 8 a.m. Registration for just the run will be allowed until just before it starts. People can sign up starting at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Powell Aquatic Center.

However, to register for the triathlon, you must stop by the Powell Recreation Office by 5 p.m. Friday.

The cost is $85 per team for the triathlon. Teams may have up to three members. The cost for a solo entry into the triathlon is $45. It’s $30 to enter the 5K.

Chamber bucks will be awarded to the top competitors in the youth, men’s, women’s, youth team and adult team categories for the triathlon and the youth, women’s and men’s divisions of the 5K.

Call Oursler at 754-2324 or go to or for more information.

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