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Triathlon to benefit wounded troops

Registration is under way for the Town of Islip’s inaugural TrIslip, a triathlon scheduled for Sept. 25 for the benefit of wounded American service members and their families.

The race is a super sprint — 400-meter/.25-mile swim, 10-km/6.2-mile bike ride and 4-km/2.5-mile run — the first of its kind conducted on Long Island, according to EventPower, the organizers who were also in charge of the Great South Bay triathlon in the town in June.

The event will begin at 6:50 a.m. at the Bay Shore Marina Park. Organizers expect 500 to 600 participants, said EventPower spokeswoman Jean Mellano. Islip Town residents will receive a $5 discount off the $95 individual registration fee. Relay team registration is $140.

The group that will benefit from the event, Hope for the Warriors Foundation, was suggested by Town Councilman John Edwards, himself a triathlon competitor, and Supervisor Phil Nolan. Edwards said he was anticipating an enthusiastic community response.

Nolan said the town is proud to sponsor the event. “No one is more deserving of our support,” he said.

Hope for the Warriors is a national not-for-profit founded in 2006. Project coordinator Jack Caffey said the event “is an outstanding demonstration of local commitment” to Long Island’s many military families.

More information about the race is available from Edwards’ office, at 631-224-5559, and EventPower’s website. More information about Hope for the Warriors is available at hopeforthewarriors.org.

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