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Labor Day Race Weekend targets general wellness

In less than 10 days, athletes of all ages will embark on Skaneateles as they prepare to take on the water and the asphalt during the fifth annual Skaneateles Labor Day Race Weekend.

Sponsored by Honeywell, the race weekend consists of the Skinnyman Triathlon, Escape from the Judge, Coon Hill Grind, Skaneateles Labor Day Road Race and I'm All That, which is for competitors who compete in all four races between Sept. 5 and 6.

There also is the SPLASH! Dash Kids Fun Run for children ages 4 to 12 and gives them the chance to burn off some energy on a short run near the start of the adult Road Race.

The race weekend originated under Skaneateles SPLASH's non-profit status -- SPLASH was a grassroots organization instrumental in the Mary Soderberg Aquatic Center's inclusion in the Skaneateles Community Center, as well as incubating most of the organized aquatic programs and all of the competitive swim teams in Skaneateles, said Jim Clary, swim director for race weekend.

"It was established to help recreational activities in Skaneateles," said Chris Legg, event organizer.

Through the races, the organization has been able to provide support to the Boy Scouts, soccer teams, SAVES, the Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry and several other organizations. Overall, though, the weekend is a way of promoting healthy living.

"The consistent push was to target general wellness," Legg said.

As for the actual events, both the Skinnyman and the Escape from the Judge have been sold out. Registration for both events has been increased over the past few years and this year, there was a limit of 700 people put on the Skinnyman.

Escape from the Judge allows the first 100 people registered to ride the Judge Ben Wiles from the dock at Clift Park one mile south to the Skaneateles Country Club where it will be met by school buses with the remaining contestants. At the start, everyone jumps in the lake together from the Judge and the docks.

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