>Annual event raises funds for youth MAC activities
One of Jefferson County's largest annual events will take place at the Madras Aquatic Center Saturday.
   The fifth annual MAC Dash sprint triathlon that drew 190 participants last year will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the MAC.
   The MAC Dash features a 500-yard swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a three-mile run for both individuals and teams
   The event will also include a Mini MAC Dash for kids aged 10-and-under. This portion of the event is free. The Mini MAC Dash will begin at 11:30 a.m., and registration is open until 10:30 a.m. Sept. 8. This untimed Mini MAC Dash is a way to introduce young children to triathlons and encourage physical activity. The Mini MAC Dash includes swim, bike and run legs. There are short course and long course options for the swim and bike legs.
   Last year's overall winner was Grant Hayball of Grants Pass. The avid triathlete broke his own MAC Dash triathlon record with a time of 55 minutes, 38 seconds. The top Jefferson County male to finish was Scott Delamarter (1:02.47) and the top Jefferson County female was Sarah Hertel (1:09.03).
   Created by a group of Madras community members five years ago, the MAC Dash board members established the event to promote physical fitness and health awareness, and raise funds for MAC youth activities. The MAC Dash committee has presented a check to the MAC each year, the last two years totaling just more than $10,000.
   The event attracted 60 volunteers and 188 participants in 2008. Last year, 99 volunteers helped run the MAC Dash.
   At the conclusion of the event, a barbecue and awards ceremony takes place at the JCMS track.
   For more information, contact the MAC at 541-475-4253 or visit
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