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Gainesvilles first triathlon to raise awareness of organ donations
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G-ville Rookie Splash Dash and Sprint Triathlon

When: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 9

Where: Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Road, Gainesville

Contact: Pat Burke at 678-316-6262, email

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North Georgia’s finest athletes finally have a triathlon in Gainesville, with proceeds going toward a good cause.

The G-ville Rookie Splash Dash and Sprint Triathlon on July 9 has something for everyone. The rookie splash dash has youth and adult distances and includes a swim and run. Meanwhile, the triathlon offers youth and adult distances. The adult triathlon includes a 250-meter swim, 16K bike and a 3K run.

The event benefits Team Green, an organization that works to increase transplant awareness. It’s hosted by Dingo Race Productions and will be held at Don Carter State Park at 5000 N. Browning Bridge Road in Gainesville.

Jake Burke, one of the event organizers, said proceeds will be used to complete the film “Cycle of Life,” which tells the story of Peter Kite and Kelly Parham, two friends who underwent a kidney transplant.

“The hope is that we can take Pete, Kelly and the film around to audiences and inspire others to become organ donors themselves, not by pressure but by sharing the idea of love and compassion for your fellow man, community and those who you may not even know,” Burke said.

Costs to participate vary by event and the age of the athlete, ranging from $25-$50. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

For more information, call 678-316-6262 or email Go to to register.

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