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Pedal, Paddle and Puff returns July 4

ARLINGTON The annual Pedal, Paddle and Puff triathlon hits Arlington July 4.
A unique race, blessed with a gorgeous setting, the triathlon pits men and women of all ages against the landscape of the Great Northwest.
Triathlons are no longer just for wild-eyed adrenaline seekers. Arlingtons mini-triathlon is completable for men and women in general good fitness. It begins with a six-mile bike ride from Haller Park to River Meadows Park. From there, participants jump in a kayak or canoe to paddle six miles along the south fork of the Stillaguamish River. After arriving at the end of the water portion, the athletes wrap up the day with a three-mile run through Twin Rivers Park.
Its set up for a small town, said event organizer Bill Blake, Anyone who does some daily physical exercise could finish all three portions. If you dont have a kayak or canoe, ask around.
Last years race winner in the Iron Woman division was Cambrielle Miller. She competed for the University of Washington womens track team during her college days and now volunteers as an assistant coach the Arlington High School track team. Miller won the Iron Woman division uncontested as no other elite athletes joined her in that category.
No secret to the success from last year. I was the only participant in my division, laughed Cambrielle, Ive been running and biking every day in preparation for this year. Usually I got three to five miles in each day.
Her husband Ned Miller won the mens Iron Man portion of the competition. Unfortunately for Ned, a back injury will keep him from entering this years race meaning that the field is wide open.
As for the course itself, Blake maintains that a high level of safety will be reached to protect the participants, particularly in the water.
The bank down to the boat launch is steeper than last year. Were working with the county park ranger to make sure everything will be safe.
Everything is in place to make this years Pedal, Paddle and Puff the most successful ever.

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