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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Approvals asked for Wally Man Triathlon

  • Matthew Krzywicki returned to the Palmyra Township Supervisors, March 4th, with an update about the triathlon proposed between Lake Wallenpaupack and Lackawaxen Township over Father's Day Weekend. Approval was given by Palmyra officials, just one group of several that the promoters need to satisfy. Referred to as the "W...
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  •    Matthew Krzywicki returned to the Palmyra Township Supervisors, March 4th, with an update about the triathlon proposed between Lake Wallenpaupack and Lackawaxen Township over Father's Day Weekend. Approval was given by Palmyra officials, just one group of several that the promoters need to satisfy.
       Referred to as the "Wally Man Triathlon," the morning event is proposed for Saturday morning, June 14.  Participants will be swimming, bicycling and running on either 32.11 mile Olympic or 15.41 mile Sprint course.
       As envisioned, the Olympic event starts with a swim out from the Palmyra Township Beach and back. Changing to bicycles, participants will depart from the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center on Route West, into Hawley and out onto 590 East. The longer Olympic course heads to Rowland and back down the Towpath Road and Kimbles Road to Route 6. The Sprint course takes a shorter distance on Towpath Road, through Kimbles. The triathlon ends with a run, back to to Visitors Center area and medal ceremony at the beach.
        Krzywicki is one of the founders of  "Evolve Sports LLC" which has as its mission to "remove all barriers to leading a healthy lifestyle." Safe, well organized and fun multi-sport races are promoted, as stated on their web site.
        Lackawaxen Township officials heard the proposal at their Feb. 24th meeting but took no action pending more information.
        Palmyra Supervisor Ken Coutts said that Krzywicki had addressed all of the concerns the Township had. Solicitor Anthony Waldron offered to draft a letter for the Supervisors stating that the Township had no objection, so that the promoters could pass it on to PennDOT with their request to use state roads.
         Krzywicki assured the Supervisors that even with PennDOT's approval, Evolve Sports LLC would still rely on the Township for input and recognize that the Township could "pull the plug at any time."
         He said they have a detailed traffic control plan and plan to make use of a flagging company to supplement the volunteer Fire Police who may help.
        Waldron, who is also solicitor for Lackawaxen Township and lives there, said that Lackawaxen officials have concern about traffic control on Route 590, which has many twists and turns. One bit of good news, Waldron noted, is that PennDOT indicated plans to pave Towpath Road which would make it much better for bicycles.
       Another concern is PAR Electrical Contractors Inc., which is doing power line work for PPL and needs to run heavy trucks on Kimbles Road in Palmyra Township, Chairman Tom Simons pointed out. Waldron said that PAR is under pressure to finish the work by summer and might need to work on Saturdays. PAR has a bond agreement from the Township to pay for any damage done to the road. PAR isn't closing Kimbles Road but it may not be easy for bicyclists to travel, Waldron suggested.
    Page 2 of 2 -     Coutts said that if enough notice is given PAR the company may be able to work around the race.  Krzywicki said that they could mark potholes on the road in orange to warn riders.
       Participants would only take up one lane on Route 6 and plan to cross Route 6 at the high school traffic light.
        Waldron advised that the Township has an agreement in writing with Evolve Sports LLC outlining responsibilities of each party.  Krzywicki provided a copy of their insurance certificate.
        A portion of the proceeds from the registrations will help the fire companies on the route (Tafton, Hawley, Forest and Central), Krzywicki said. They are interested in finding sponsorships for the event. Once the approvals are in hand, they can actively market the triathlon, he said.
       Krzywicki, Jarrett Herold and Jesse Stehouwer are organizing the event. They met at Lehigh University, said  Krzywicki, who lives in Newark, DE. Herold is from the Lakeville, Wayne County area; Krzywicki said he got to know and love Lake Wallenpaupack from coming here to visit his college friend.  Krzywicki has been involved in running and biking events most of his life and was in his first triathlon in 2011. He said the Wallenpaupack area was just perfect for this sort of event and is well situated to draw from the large athletic community from the New York and Philadephia metro areas.
        Their mission, he said, is to advance triathlon participation and support fitness. He and his partners became certified trainers through the USA Triathlon organization. These events, he added, can be a boost to the economy, as participants, families and friends visit the area.
       For more information about the Wally Man Triathlon, visit online at www.tri2evolve.com.
       
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