The Lake Max Triathlon draws more than 400 participants, including 68 children, to Culver Academies’ campus every August. And the funds raised from their entry fees help fund four different non-profit organizations in the community. The $8,500 raised from the 2016 race was recently dispersed among those organizations.
The Culver Lions Club, Culver Kiwanis Club, and the Culver Club of Culver each received $2,500 and the Culver Boys and Girls Club received $1,000. Boys and Girls Club members are offered a chance to participate in the Kids Triathlon. Those who cannot afford the entry fee are covered by a sponsor, Culver Academies Director of Wellness Dana Neer, who oversees the event, said.
Approximately 126 local volunteers, including the CMA and Culver Community football teams, work the day of the event. A number of volunteers from the four charities also serve on the triathlon committee.
The 2017 Lake Max Triathlon will be conducted on Aug. 12. It consists of a 400-meter swim around the Naval Pier, an 11-mile bike ride around Lake Maxinkuckee, and a 3.1-mile (5-K) along the lake. A new wrinkle for 2017 will be the addition of a duathlon, which will involve a 2K run, followed by the 11-mile bike race around the lake, and conclude with the 5K run, Neer said.