Monday, July 7, 2014

Approximately 600 Athletes Battle It Out to Raise Money for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Set for July 19, 2014, the Wet Dog Triathlon returns to Point Mallard Park in Decatur bringing with it approximately 600 athletes from across the United States and beyond. The race begins at 7 a.m. with a 400-meter swim in the Tennessee River followed by a 15-kilometer bike ride and ends with a 5-kilometer scenic run along the banks of the Tennessee River. Proceeds from the competition benefit the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program.   

The Wet Dog Triathlon was started by the Decatur Jaycees fifteen years ago as a local fundraiser for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program which serves Morgan, Lawrence, Winston, and Cullman counties. The first event attracted 87 athletes, and today, it has grown to be a top athletic event for the region with the 2013 race attracting competitors from 14 states and two countries.

The race gets underway at 7 a.m. with the 400-meter swim followed by the 15-kilometer bike ride and 5-kilometer run. Live music will be played under the covered pavilion throughout the event as participants battle it out on foot, on bike, and in the water. The competition wraps up around 11 a.m. following an awards ceremony.

Entry fees are $50 for individual, $140 for a team entry, and $40 (each member) for a family of three, through July 3rd.  After the 3rd, fees will increase by $20.00 until 600 participants are reached. Registration is available online at (keyword “wet dog”) or a registration form may be picked up at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office.  Registrations can also be printed off the Big Brothers Big Sisters website and mailed to the office. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. Last year, the Wet Dog Triathlon raised $15,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters, a nonprofit mentoring organization providing guidance and support for the youth in our community.

For more information, contact Leah Brown, Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO and Wet Dog Triathlon race director, at 256.353.0157 or visit

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