The water portion of the Sugarbush Triathlon presents a considerable challenge depending on water levels, temperatures and other variables. Competitors may want some background so on Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Clearwater Sports will offer a river clinic to participants of the adult triathlon. Instruction will be offered for either kayak or canoe paddlers and will include such topics as paddle strokes, safety techniques and reading the river. There will be a short on-land clinic and then a guided tour down the race course. The purpose is to get the feel for different sections of the river. Reservations are required; call 496-2708.

Local business sponsors and other sponsors are putting together corporate or nonprofit teams. Costumes and spirit will be a major factor in winning this year's nonprofit challenge that includes a $100 cash prize donated by the Mad River Valley Rotary. One Percent for the Planet will have a nonprofit team and Waitsfield Telecom and Pale Morning Media are forming corporate teams.

Applications are available at the Mad River Path Association office at the General Wait House, the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce and other locations around town and need to be postmarked by April 02, 2010. Athletes can register online at www.active.com until April 7, 2010. No race day registration for adults (kids' can register for their event on race day, April 10, 2010).

There is a discount for registration before April 2. Triathlon participants can do the four-leg event as an iron man or woman, with one partner or with as many as five people total on a team (when entering a canoe most teams choose to have two people paddle). Corporate, family, college and high school teams (there is special pricing for participants 18 and under) are encouraged and prizes will be awarded at an after-race party at Mt. Ellen.

The Mad River Path Association, as the beneficiary of this event, is focusing on volunteers and sponsorship and is seeking both. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 496-7284. For more information: www.sugarbush.com or www.madriverpath.com.

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