By Candice Norrell
Tomorrow is the second annual Saint Mary’s University Heart and SOUL (Serving Others United in Love) Triathlon, a fundraiser for SOUL mission trips.
The race begins with a check-in from 7:30-8:30 a.m. tomorrow and a 9 a.m. shotgun start at Lake Lodge, East Lake Park in Winona with the kayak/canoe course. The kayak/canoe course is 2.5-mile loop around Lake Winona. Then, the bike course begins with 14 miles on Highways 61 and 43 to Gilmore Valley Road and ends on Saint Mary’s campus. Finally, the triathlon ends with a 3.1 mile running course through the bluffs.
There are no on-site registrations, as participants registered before April 14 as individual teams or in groups of two, three, or four. The cost to register was $35 a person, or $60 a team, with all the funds going to the SOUL council for mission trips, helping keep the cost down for students who plan to attend the event, said Betsy Baertlein, a sophomore at Saint Mary’s competing in the triathlon with her two younger brothers under the team name of Band of Baertlein’s.
Ryan Langr of the SOUL council says that he hopes the athletes get “a sense that they bettered themselves and their community through their donation and participation in our SOUL event.”