BARRY’S BAY – Although turnout was less than hoped for, the 58 athletes that did show up gave it their all in the 25th annual Barry’s Bay Triathlon on July 8. As in previous years, two events were held including the triathlon and duathlon. Participants gathered in the water for the triathlon as race organizer Elser Lee Faith Archer led in singing the National Anthem. Before the race started, she provided a quick overview of the route. “We had about 100 people in attendance,” Archer confirmed. “Our race is a not-for-profit community race which would not be possible without the help of more than over 35 volunteers and many sponsors.” It took many volunteers to bring the event to fruition, including representatives from the Northern Credit Union who worked the barbecue, those who contributed to the swag bags and healthy snacks/refreshments. “Safety and community spirit have always been keys to the race,” Archer said. “This year was a safe event and participants came from across the region and beyond.” She said participants came from as far away as British Columbia to take part in the race. “Some of these people are diehards who come annually,” Archer said. “One of winners has been coming faithfully for 25 years and was with Dave Fields cross-country skiing when the triathlon was conceived by the events first race director.” To read the full story, pick up a copy of the July 11 paper.