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Goose Deuce back for a second year

Duathlon will take place September 10 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay


Published on August 18, 2017

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

©Photo by Regina Wells

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY- 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 the organizer decided to put it off again 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 themselves 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 September 10, which is a Sunday. It starts at the town hall, goes up the bike trail and back, then they transition to the bike in the town hall parking lot,  go out Hamilton River Road and out on the highway towards Churchill Falls and then then turn around at the way scales and turn back, then swap the bikes again at town hall.

At the end, there will be a free kid’s duathlon, a short 1 km one, free of charge. 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-goose-deuce/18064/.