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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Endurance races run through Wrangell at start and end of July


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From left: Sage Smiley, Angie Flickinger and Kate Thomas prepare to swim in Shoemaker Bay on June 10 as part of their Tongass Toughman Triathlon training. The event takes place on July 2.

Fitness buffs looking to challenge themselves in Wrangell don't have far to go to go far.

Two different events in July will test the mettle of endurance athletes seeking to swim, bike, run and run some more.

The Tongass Toughman Triathlon on July 2 pits people against sea, pavement and dirt in a combined 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 15-mile run. The Bearfest marathon on July 31 gives racers the option of running a full marathon (26.2 miles), a half (13.1 miles) or a 5k (3.1 miles).

Nicholas Howell, an endurance athlete and the race director for the triathlon, created the event...

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