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Bertram Blast features swimming, biking, and running

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The Bertrum Blast, an off road triathlon, duathlon and bike race is taking place on July 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the new Bertram chain of lakes park in Monticello.

The race includes swimming, biking and running.

According to the Bertram Blast website, the full off road triathlon consists of a 1/3 mile open water swim, 6 mile mountain bike course, and a 3 mile train run.

The swimming portion of the race begins with a wave start from a beach on Lake Bertram. The bike course is dirt, single track, and grassy double track. The running portion of the triathlon includes double track and single track with most of it being shaded.

There’s also an option to register for the MB only course (more difficult and technical course). It’s a 11.5 mile route on a single track and a few short sections of double track. It has a slightly higher level of difficulty than the bike course in the triathlon.

The transition opens at 6:30 a.m. and registration starts at 7 a.m. After the race is concluded there will be a meal at 10:45 a.m. and an awards ceremony at 12:15 p.m.

In order to register for the Bertrum Blast you can visit You’ll need to be aware of your estimated finish time so that the coordinators can properly assign you to a wave.

Adult individuals for the duathlon: $70

Adult individuals for the triathlon: $90

Youth ages 12-17 for the dualthon: $55

Youth ages 12-17 for the triathlon: $75

2-person duathlon and triathlon: $110

3-person triathlon: $150

Registration closes on Thursday July 18 at 7 p.m. or when the race reaches its capacity of 300 participants.

Awards will be handed out to the top three males and top three females in 10 year age groups as well as top three male and females for the triathlon overall. Awards will be given to the top three males and females overall for the duathlon and MB race. Winners must be present at the awards ceremony to receive their prize.

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