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Lame Duck Try-Athlon raises money for literacy

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On Saturday, July 27th over 100 athletes will travel to Mallard Point in Georgetown, KY to compete in the 15th Annual Lame Duck Try-Athlon. Participants will travel from as far as Michigan to compete. Even some of Lexington’s most experienced athletes will compete in the race, including Antonio Marchi, the recent winner of the Bluegrass 10,000.

Presented by Back on Track, a company that specializes in and muscle and joint protection, and hosted by the community of Mallard Point in Georgetown, KY, the Lame Duck Try-Athlon began in 1999 in the spirit of enjoying the neighborhood's natural beauty, while giving back to a good cause. Though the actual distance is shorter than typical triathlons, athletes have called it the most challenging event to participate in of the season.

Proceeds for the Lame Duck will benefit the International Book Project (IBP), a Lexington-based nonprofit organization that promotes literacy, education and global friendships at home and abroad. Although IBP’s main mission is to provide over 200,000 books to schools and libraries in developing world each year, IBP’s local work is through partnerships with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, that places a small library in every new Habitat home in Lexington. Through its Books as Bridges program, over 1000 KY students are partnered with classrooms of IBP recipients in the developing world, affording students the unique opportunity of an educational and fun cultural exchange.

Those interested in participating in the race can register the day of the event by 7:00 AM. For more information on the race visit www.mallardpointonline.com/lameduck

About the International Book Project
The International Book Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides quality books to people living in developing countries to promote education and foster global friendships. Founded in 1966 by Lexington native Harriet Van Meter, each year IBP sends over 200,000 books to schools, libraries, churches, and nonprofit organizations in over 70 developing countries. IBP also operates a used bookstore Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm at 1440 Delaware Avenue. To learn more about the International Book Project, visit www.InternationalBookProject.org.

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