Monday July 09, 2012 | 09:39 AM

It isn't unusual for avid cyclists to at some point turn into avid triathletes. And in Maine, there are plenty of triathlon competitions to choose from.

But if you're just getting started, a sprint course, like the one that will be used in the Norway Triathlon this weekend, is the way to go.

Try a 2/3-mile swim on a triangular course in Lake Pennesseewassee, an 11.6-mile ride on rolling and flat terrain along low-traffic country roads, and a 3-mile run on neighborhood streets and farm trails with views of the lake. The event begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. Click here for course maps for each leg.

Registration fees are $75 for individual competitors and $105 for relay teams (so if you're not much of a swimmer or a runner, get a couple buddies to team up and split the efforts with you). Proceeds from registration go to the Western Foothills Land Trust, which is currently working with the 165-acre Roberts Farm Preserve to protect the views from Lake Pennesseewassee and the nearby habitat.

Post-race festivities include food, music and fun for the competitors and their friends and family. Sounds like a good way to spend a Saturday morning - and a great cause to support.

 

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