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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Borough gives conditional OK to triathlon plan

  • Hawley Council gave approval for the Wally Man Triathlon to make use of Borough streets during the Saturday, June 14th event. Approval is on condition that Borough Police review and approve the plan and the promoter, Evolve Sports LLC, obtain approval from PennDOT.
    Hawley Council discussed the event at their meeting, March 12th.
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  •   Hawley Council gave approval for the Wally Man Triathlon to make use of Borough streets during the Saturday, June 14th event. Approval is on condition that Borough Police review and approve the plan and the promoter, Evolve Sports LLC, obtain approval from PennDOT.
         Hawley Council discussed the event at their meeting, March 12th.
        Matthew Krzywicki, one of the three partners who set up Evolve Sports with the plan to organize the event, said they are limiting participation to 300 athletes. He said they may not get that many in the first year, but they anticipate the number will grow in subsequent years.
        Starting out that morning with a swim in Lake Wallenpaupack, the athletes will depart from the Lake  Wallenpaupack Visitors Center on bicycles and head to Hawley on Route 6. An "Olympic" course, 31.11 miles in length, takes them on 590 East to Rowland and back on the Towpath Road and down Kimbles Road back to Route 6. Upon returning to the Visitors Center, they will start the third leg on foot.
        Participants will be able to choose the 15.41 mile "Sprint" course, which takes 590 East only to the turn onto Towpath Road by the Forest Volunteer Fire Station and then onto Kimbles Road.
         Bicyclists will stay to one lane down Route 6 into Hawley through the rock cut, turning onto Penn Avenue and then right onto Church Street. From there they cross the Eddy Bridge and join Route 590 East.  Krzywicki said he suspects they will be passing through Hawley between 7 and 9 a.m.
       No roads will need to be closed in the Hawley section. Volunteers, including Fire Police, will be assisting. Evolve Sports plans to make donations to the fire companies along the route, including Tafton, Hawley, Forest and Central.
       Although the Arts & Crafts Show is held that same day in Bingham Park, hosted by Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, the triathlon is early and doesn't pass the park. Someone added that perhaps the participants can come back and enjoy the arts & crafts.
       The necessary copy of their insurance was given to the Borough.
        Krzywicki said they were getting municipal approvals before completing their application to PennDOT. Once all the approvals are in hand, they can begin marketing the event in earnest and take registrations. Sponsorships are also welcome.
        Information about the triathlon is found online at www.Tri2Evolve.com.
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