Good goose!

Duathlon will take place Sept. 10

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - FRONT PAGE - BY EVAN CAREEN

Goose Deuce re­turns with ex­cite­ment and a great turnout.

For the sec­ond year in a row, the Goose Deuce will be held in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay. The event was so suc­cess­ful last year, or­ga­niz­ers de­cided to bring it back this year.

Richelle Weeks, one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the event, said the idea came about af­ter her and a few oth­ers ran the an­nual duathlon in Labrador City.

“It was re­ally fun and we re­ally en­joyed it and won­dered why there wasn’t one in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay,” she said. “We had over 50 peo­ple and got a lot of good feedback so we de­cided to do it again this year. Our goal was 25 peo­ple and we ended up get­ting way more than we thought we would, so we were re­ally happy.”

The event, which is hosted by the Trap­pers Run­ning Club and Bike Labrador, is a 5k run, then a 17k bike ride and then an­other 5k run. Weeks said peo­ple could do it by them­selves or in teams of two or three. Weeks said one of the ben­e­fits of the event is get­ting to see some new faces.

“With the Trap­per run­ning events, you al­ways see the same peo­ple out but with this one, there are a lot of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who can’t run but can bike so we saw a lot of new faces, which was re­ally nice,” she said.

Weeks said if peo­ple are in­ter­ested the first thing they need to de­cide if they’re go­ing to do it them­selves or in a team. If they want to do the whole thing them­selves, she said, they rec­om­mend par­tic­i­pants do a long bike ride in­di­vid­u­ally and then im­me­di­ately go for a run in a prac­tice ses­sion.

“Your legs feel very wob­bly and heavy, it takes a few min­utes to get them work­ing, to loosen up and get them mov­ing. If it’s some­thing you’re not used to and then on race day you feel it can catch you off guard. So peo­ple re­ally need to prac­tice trans­fer­ring from the bike to the run.”

The event will start at 9 a.m. on Sun­day, Sept. 10. It starts at the town hall, goes up the bike trail and back, then tran­si­tions to the bike in the town hall park­ing lot, then goes out Hamil­ton River Road and out on the high­way to­wards Churchill Falls and then turns around at the way scales and back, then swaps the bikes again at town hall.

At the end, there will be a free, short kid’s duathlon. The cost of run­ning the Goose Deuce is $20 for an in­di­vid­ual, a two-per­son team is $30 and a three-per­son team is $45. Food, cof­fee and tea will be pro­vided at the end of the race. To regis­ter visit https:// www.trackie.com/on­line-regis­tra­tion/regis­ter/the-goosedeuce/18064/.

PHOTO BY REGINA WELLS

About 50 run­ners took part in the first Goose Deuce last year, de­spite the weather.

PHOTO BY REGINA WELLS

The duathlon be­gins with a run, then to the bikes and back to the run again.

PHOTO BY REGINA WELLS

Par­tic­i­pants swap­ping to bikes for the 17k bik­ing por­tion of the event.

PHOTO BY REGINA WELLS

The duathlon was so suc­cess­ful last year or­ga­niz­ers de­cided to run it again this year.

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