Dam Race event  coming this weekend

Runners, bikers and kayakers are in their last week of training for Crofton’s Dam Race, set for this weekend July 29-30.

The race committee, comprised of local volunteers and leadership at the Lewis & Clark State Rec Area, has been prepping for another year with well over 100 registrants representing five states. 

The Dam Race committee will also be introducing a new event this year: a kids’ triathlon.

The Crofton’s Dam Kids Triathlon, planned for Friday, July 29, 2022, will be an untimed fun course around the Crofton Swimming Pool. 

Kids ages 8 to 13 will run a half mile, bike 1 mile on gravel, and swim one lap around the pool. Each participant will receive a goody bag. 

Registration at the swimming pool parking lot will be prior to the kids’ race, Friday, July 29, 5:15-5:45 p.m. Parents or guardians will need to be at registration to sign a release form with their children. Race will begin at 6 p.m. 

The proceeds from registration will be donated to the Crofton Swimming Pool Fund. 

This will mark the Dam Race’s fifth year hosting the region’s growing triathlon. 

After an adjusted route last year because of road construction, racers will return to the original route of kayaking at Lewis & Clark Lake from the Weigand beach, running through the campground and biking into Crofton for a finish line celebration on Main Street in front of the Crofton Haymarket.  

The partnership between Crofton’s Dam Race and the Lewis & Clark SRA runs deeper than just a hosting site. 

The race committee has pledged to donate proceeds towards a walking/biking pedestrian trail in the Weigand and Burbach Area. 

Crofton’s Dam Race includes three events: the main attraction is the triathlon that kicks off at the Lewis & Clark State Rec Area with a 1.5 mile kayak (instead of swimming); a 5k run; and a 12-mile bike ride. A half marathon and 12-mile bike ride were added to the line up a few years ago. The race already has well over 100 registered athletes representing five states. Registration closes at 5 p.m., July 29. Athletes can register at CroftonsDamRace.com. 

Crofton’s Dam Race is hosted by a volunteer committee in coordination with the Lewis & Clark State Recreation Area (SRA) and Weigand Marina. Proceeds from the race will benefit a safe pedestrian trail in the SRA. For more details or to volunteer, call Johnnie Ostermeyer at (402) 508-0224 or Heidi Marsh (605) 660-4498 or visit CroftonsDamRace.com.