The fourth annual Courage Triathlon along the west shore of Lake Almanor consists of running, biking and kayaking with competitors vying in the charity event for prizes and to raise funds to help sexually abused women who need a safe place to live, as well as to raise awareness of the sex trafficking trade. The competition starts and ends at Plumas Pines Resort on Saturday, Aug. 25. File photo

Courage Triathlon fundraiser benefits exploited women

The fourth annual Courage Triathlon, consisting of running, biking and kayaking, comes to Chester. Individuals and three-person teams compete in the charity event for prizes and bragging rights. The event starts and ends at Plumas Pines Resort, 3000 Almanor Dr. West, in Canyon Dam on Saturday, Aug. 25. The race begins at 10 a.m.

The 14-mile loop encompasses a 2.8-mile run, followed by a 7.1-mile bike ride, and ends with a 4.1-mile kayaking voyage along the west shore of Lake Almanor.

Registration for participants and for volunteers is now open on the Courage Triathlon Lake Almanor CA Facebook page using the sign-up tab, or register on the Courage Worldwide website: courageworldwide.org, click on the Events tab and then go to Triathlon.

Participation shirts will be available to those who register early. Links also welcome donations from community members and businesses.

Age categories for competitors are teenagers through 29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and up.

Courage Worldwide, a nonprofit headquartered in Sacramento, uses the proceeds from its annual events through its “Courage House” program, designed to house teen girls 18 through young female adults who have been sexually abused and need a safe place to live, as well as to raise awareness of the sex trafficking trade.

Currently, just one house is available in the Sacramento area for exploited women, and is extremely expensive to keep open, said Joanne Vice, Courage Triathlon coordinator.

The fundraiser helps with current expenditures, she continued, with the goal of additional safe housing planned in the future once sufficient funds become available.

“We’re especially excited this year about the prizes we’re offering,” she said.                   “We’ve got a glass blowing company in Oregon that decided to partner with us, and they’re providing artistic glass-blown pieces that are handed out to the winners in each age group and by gender,” that will be on display at Plumas Pines Resort on the day of the competition.

“We always have a number of amazing sponsors,” Vice noted, many from Chester including Plumas Pines Resort, and also from organizations located in Susanville.

In addition to individual racers, a number of fire and law enforcement agencies participate as team members in the triathlon or provide other assistance.

“They’re a big part of the triathlon,” she said, providing support through their partnership with the organizers, particularly the CHP, which assists in coordinating traffic, as well as the USFS-Almanor District and other groups.

As it does each year, the Bizz Running Company times the race.

Additional organizations and businesses that might like to be sponsors should contact Vice for information on registering in order to offer their services at the triathlon.

Vice said the triathlon “is so important in our mission to raise funds for abused women, while also increasing awareness of sex trafficking,” that victimizes so many.

To offer donations or to volunteer, or for more information on the annual Courage Triathlon, call Joanne Vice at 249-3228, or email her at [email protected] or [email protected].

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