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Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:32 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Marana residents and neighbors are getting ready for the next big physical challenge, the Race for the River Duathlon.

The running / cycling competition is set for Sunday, March 1 at Marana Middle School.

According to Adelina Martin, Marana Parks and Recreation special events coordinator, the event consists of a three-mile run along the Santa Cruz River Trail, followed by a 16-mile loop to the west by bicycle, then finishing with another three-mile run.

Participants may race individually or in two-person teams, in which a runner competes in the first and third legs and his or her partner cycles the middle segment.

Competitors can enjoy food, drinks and raffle drawings following the race. All registrants receive a free T-shirt.

Registration deadline is this Friday, Feb. 20. People may sign up at the main Parks and Recreation office, 13251 North Lon Adams Road; at the Coachline Annex, 9190 North Coachline Boulevard; or online at www.marana.com. Go to Parks and Recreation under the web site’s departments and select community events.

Those looking for a little push can join organized pre-race training sessions led by Blue Pants Racing. Call 382-1950 for more information.

If you go

Marana Race for the River Duathlon

Sunday, March 1; Check-in 6 a.m.

Race starts 7 a.m.

Marana Middle School, 11279 West Grier Road

Entry fees: $40 residents / $50 non-residents

Team racing: $70 residents / $80 non-residents

Start and finish line at Gladden Farms Park, 12250 North Tangerine Farms Road

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