On your mark
The 14th annual Kinzua Country Tango will kick of at 7 a.m. Saturday.
The adventure race — sponsored by the Warren County YMCA — features running, bicycling, paddling, swimming, more running, and more running.
The first leg of the event is a 13.1-mile run starting at the YMCA and taking participants to Kinzua Beach.
There is a 20-mile non-technical mountain bike segment, 2.2 miles of open-water swimming, orienteering — running through the woods looking for carefully-placed controls — over a 6-plus mile course, a road or trail run of one to four miles, and a seven-mile canoe race.
The YMCA posts the list of fastest leg times. In 2018, the fastest half-marathon was Matt Lipsey’s 1 hour, 17 minutes; the best time for the bike portion was 59 minutes by Ryan Johnson; Calvin Doolittle was out of the water for the swim in 43 minutes; Eric Fadale and Scott Newton completed the orienteering in one hour, nine minutes; Lipsey was again the fastest runner for the 3.6-mile run at 21 minutes; and Paul Gruber and Steve Martin finished the seven-mile paddle in just over an hour (1:02).
The fastest individuals in each event would have taken a total of five hours and 31 minutes.
The good news is, there are several divisions for competitors.
Solo racers are on their own to complete every portion of the event.
The two-person complete division is basically solo racers getting together. It takes two to Tango that way.
Relays can include two to six people — with two people being involved in the canoe and orienteering legs of the race.
Within the relays, there are different categories based on who is on the team.
If all team members are women, they may compete in the women’s relay.
If all team members (with one allowable exception) have the same employer, that team may compete in the corporate division.
A company may sponsor a team which can compete in the corporate community division without any requirement about team members being employees.
Groups of people who compete together and do not meet any of the other divisions compete in the open class.
Individuals looking to join a team may contact Chris Dolan or Thad Turner at the YMCA — 726-0110.
A signed release and organization approval is required for participants under 16 years of age.
A pre-race check-in and expo will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. An informational meeting will follow at 7 p.m.
The racing begins at 7 a.m.
Festivities and the awards ceremony will follow the race at Kinzua Beach.
Further information about the event may be found at www.kinzuacountrytango.com.