By Kevin Grogan

In the next few weeks, there are two very local duathlons on the schedule.  A duathlon is a multisport event that involves a run, followed by a bike, and then finishing up with another run.

This Sunday, at Lake Louisa State Park at 9:30 am is the first of these two events.  The distance of the sprint duathlon is a 2-mile run, followed by an 8-mile bike, and then another 2-mile run. This particular super sprint duathlon race series at Lake Louisa has been happening for over 10 years, and although different race directors have been in charge, there isn’t much that has changed.  These training races are great for beginners to learn the sport of duathlon in a simple, encouraging format.

This race is great for those looking to get a great workout with friends.  There will also be a first timer coaching clinic 20 minutes before the event starts held by Coach Sara McLarty of the SLAP Tri Team. After the event, hang out and enjoy a tasty BBQ sandwich & refreshing drinks from Oakwood Smokehouse.  To participate in the event, the cost is $30 (plus a USA Triathlon membership).  For more information, visit:  


Then on Saturday, February 9th at 8 am, Cherry Lake Tree Farms will host the third annual Cherry Lake Duathlon, 10k run, & 5k run. Distances in the events are as follows:

  • Duathlon: 5k (3 mile)- 20k (12.4 mile)-  2.5k (1.5 mile) race with the running portion off road through the farm and the bike portion on the rolling hills of Cherry Lake Road.  The Duathlon requires a one-day or yearly USA Triathlon license as well.
  • 5k & 10k: Off-road runs throughout Cherrylake’s farm.

Experience the iconic rolling hills of Cherrylake’s 1,000-acre farm with this unique race located right outside of Clermont. The clay running terrains traverse natural lakes and endless rows of trees, and the cycling event connects to the eminent Cherry Lake Road course.  Choose from either a Duathlon, 5k or 10k and enjoy this unique race while connecting with nature and getting an extra dose of oxygen.

In honor of each participant, Cherrylake Tree Farm will donate a tree to be planted in a protected conservation area to be enjoyed for many generations to come. All proceeds will benefit a local not-for-profit.  Oakwood Smokehouse will also be Cherrylake with a very nice post-race refreshment spread.  There is a charge to participate in the three different Cherry Lake events; for more information visit:

Kevin Grogan is a contributing writer for the South Lake Tablet. He is also the owner of Gear for Multisport, Athletic Gear and a south Lake athlete.






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