Inaugural duathlon event in Steamboat to benefit melanoma research

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Inaugural Splash & Dash Duathlon

  • Sunday, June 13, 2010, 9 a.m.
  • Old Town Hot Springs, 136 Lincoln Avenue, PO Box 771211, Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / $15 - $25

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What: Inaugural Splash & Dash Duathlon, a fundraiser for the Mela-KNOW-More organization founded by former Steamboat tennis pro Andy Caress, who has cancer

When: June 13; 9 a.m. adult race, 10 a.m. children’s race

Where: Old Town Hot Springs at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue

Cost: Adults — $15 for individuals or $25 for a team; children — $10 for individuals or $18 for a team

— The Old Town Hot Springs, in conjunction with Mela-KNOW-More, will hold the inaugural Splash & Dash Duathlon on June 13. More than just a race, the swimming and running event will raise money for an organization devoted to spread awareness about melanoma skin cancer.

The duathlon will feature a swim and run designed for competitors of all ages. The adult race starts at 9 a.m., and the youth event starts at 10 a.m.

The adults will compete in a 700-yard swim and 5-kilometer running race.

Children will race in a 400-yard swim and 1.5-mile run. People can compete individually or as part of a team.

The swim will take place at Old Town Hot Springs. The route of the run hasn’t been determined, but it is likely to ascend the Spring Creek trail.

The cost for adults is $25 for a team or $15 for individuals. The youth division costs $18 for a team or $10 for individuals.

“This is one of the ways to disseminate information about melanoma,” said Darby Dale-Burger, one of the event’s organizers.

The Mela-KNOW-More or­­ganization recently was founded by former Steamboat Springs tennis pro Andy Caress.

Caress, who worked at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs and was a college tennis star at Coastal Carolina, has been battling melanoma since November 2008. Caress originally had surgery in November of that year to remove more than 60 lymph nodes from his neck, throat and shoulder area.

From there, it was setback after setback for Caress. He’s currently going through brain radiation in Houston and doing systemic trial treatments to attack the cancer in the rest of his body.

Caress started Mela-KNOW-More to alert people to the seriousness of melanoma skin cancer.

As part of the nonprofit organization, Caress is selling bracelets and shirts. Proceeds from the Splash & Dash will go to Mela-KNOW-More.

“Andy just started the organization this month with the goal of raising awareness of the seriousness of melanoma,” Caress’ sister Courtney O’Neil wrote in an e-mail. “… All funds raised from the Splash and Dash will go toward melanoma research at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. This is where Andy has received all of his treatment. They are so close to a breakthrough and these funds can truly make a difference.”

To register for the event, sign up at the Old Town Hot Springs. For more information about Mela-KNOW-More, visit www.mela-know-more.org.

— To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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