Events at Point Mallard
Wet Dog Triathlon
July 16, 2011
Point Mallard Park
The Wet Dog Triathlon began as a local fundraiser for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Morgan County with 87 athletes competing. Today, it has grown to a top athletic event attracting athletes from 10 states and three countries. A record 600 people participated in last year’s event and traveled from as far away as California. The 12th annual Wet Dog Triathlon is set for July 16, 2011 at Point Mallard Park in Decatur, Alabama.
The race begins at 7 a.m. with a 400 meter swim in the Tennessee River followed by a 15 kilometer bike ride. Participants will finish with a 5 kilometer scenic run along the banks of the Tennessee River. Participants wear “chip-tech” timepieces and each leg of the race is timed separately.
Entry fees before July 4th are $40 for individual, $100 for a team entry, and $90 for a family of three; and increase to $60 for individual, $125 for teams, and $50 each member for families of three or more after July 3. There are three ways to register: at the Point Mallard Ice Complex in Point Mallard Park from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 17, online at www.active.com (keyword “wet dog”), or a registration form may be downloaded from www.bbbsmcal.org. There will be no registration on the day of the race. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Morgan County. Last year, the Wet Dog Triathlon raised $12,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Special lodging rates are available by calling the Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800.524.6181 and requesting “Wet Dog Rates”. Sponsors for the 2010 event included The Decatur Jaycees, Pepsi Cola of Decatur, Decatur/Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Decatur Parks & Recreation, Point Mallard Water Park, CB&S Bank, Alabama Crawfish Company, 1st Place Athletics, Wolverine Credit Union and the Morgan County Rescue Squad.
For more information on the Wet Dog Triathlon, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at 256.353.0157 or visit its website at www.bbbsmcal.org. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non profit mentoring organization providing guidance and support for the youth in Morgan, Winston, Cullman, and Lawrence County areas.