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Leon's Triathlon to Include Standup Paddleboard Triathlon Division

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Leon's Triathlon, known as 'the world's fastest Olympic triathlon', will include a new Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Triathlon division in its 2013 running. Athletes participating in the SUP division will race on a Standup Paddleboard in place of the traditional swim leg of the triathlon.

The SUP leg of the race will be a 4km (2.5mi) race on a multi-leg course set up close to the beach for maximum visibility to spectators and press. SUP triathletes will have to navigate around a series of buoys to complete the SUP course, adding technical challenge. Upon completing the course, SUP triathletes will dismount their boards and run up the beach to the staging area where they will transition to bikes and join the triathletes who participated in the swim division.

Leon's Triathlon takes place on June 2nd, 2013 at Wolf Lake Park in Hammond, Indiana which is in Northern Indiana, just over the border from Illinois and within close proximity of Chicago.

This will be an historic, first-ever SUP division to run in a USA Triathlon regional qualifying race. It will also be a first-ever nationally televised triathlon to feature SUP.

Registration for this new and exciting Standup Paddleboard Triathlon division is currently open, for individual athletes or relay teams.

The race venue will include a Demo Day with SUP clinics for those that would like to try stand up paddle boarding. Athletes that do not own SUPs will be able to rent a board if they choose to do the SUP portion of the race. You must reserve a board on Saturday if needed. There will be several major brands represented.

Triathlete and former endurance motocross racer Leon Wolek founded Leon's Triathlon in 1983. Leon and his family had noticed that all of the major triathlon events focused on pros, not amateurs, so they pioneered the first Amateur National Championship in triathlon, an event that continues in the sport to this day.

Leon's Triathlon benefits Team RWB, an organization working to assist veterans returning from active service. The Team RWB mission is to enrich the lives of America's veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

Lucas Oil is proud to partner with Leon's Triathlon in this history-making event. Keeping with the tradition of creativity and innovation, the first turn of the SUP leg will be named the Lucas Oil Hole Shot. Lucas Oil will provide free oil changes for a year to the first person who gets to the hole shot.

Starboard Standup Paddleboards, online retailer Paddleboard Specialists, and Body Glove proudly sponsor the SUP TRI division of Leon's Triathlon.

Leon's Triathlon is broadcast nationwide during prime time the weekend of July 4th and re-broadcast all throughout the month of July by Comcast Sports Net Chicago part of the NBC Sports Group and affiliates nationwide. Check local listings for broadcast times. This event will be covered with an unprecedented and highly creative manner with many different camera angles, on-racer cameras, in-water cameras, aerial shots, etc.

For more information on the Leon's Triathlon Standup Paddleboard Triathlon division visit: www.leonstriathlon.com/standup-paddleboard.php

Contact Information:
Matt Lennert - SUP TRI race director

Leon Wolek - Leon's Triathlon Founder
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