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Powerman Duathlon here September 24

  Frankenmuth will kick off the 2018 Powerman North American World Championship qualifying by hosting the duathlon on Sunday, September 24.

  Many of the nation’s and world’s best runners and cyclists are coming here to compete for $5,000 in cash prizes and a shot at national and world championships in the Powerman North American Duathlon series.

  The Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Bavarian Inn Lodge are again partnering for this race.

  The event marks the first stop in North America in 2017, with the first chance to qualify for the 2018 Powerman World Championship in Zofingen, Switzerland. The top three athletes from each age group will qualify for the chance to represent team USA at the world championship.

  The Powerman 𠇌lassic” qualifier race will consist of a 10K run, followed by a 60K bike ride and end with the same 10K run. There is a Powerman “Short” race which will be half of the Classic, as well as a Powerman “Sprint” 2.5K run, 15K bike and 2.5K run. All events are open to the public.

  Race day events are expected to get underway following participation registration activities, which take place from 6:30-7:15am. The racing action will begin at 8am. The start/finish area is on the grassy field immediately east of the Frankenmuth River Place south parking lot.

  “Last year, we had an incredible weekend in Frankenmuth with athletes from over 20 states, as well as several countries participating, and many of the athletes had high praise for the race courses and venue. “it’s a great city, with something for the entire family to do,” Powerman North America National Event Director Kenny Krell said.

  Krell also noted that previous partnerships with the Bavarian Inn on the endurance event scene also makes Frankenmuth a host city favorite.

 The Inn and Lodge will be the popular gathering for the athletes, their families, supports and spectators as the race courses wind around the city, traversing nearby country lanes, through the Frankenmuth business district, and crossing the Holzbruecke.

   Most of the course is southeast of the Cass River and travels into Tuscola County.

  For more information, visit www.powermannorthamerica.com

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