NORWAY – More than 160 people have registered for the second annual Norway Triathlon on July 11.

“We’re thrilled,” Lee Dassler, program coordinator for the Western Foothills Land Trust told selectmen Thursday. The board voted unanimously to approve the outdoor festival ordinance that is required for any outdoor event with more than 100 people.

Leah said registration closed about two weeks ago and the number of people have been restricted to the first 125 people because of space limitations.

This year, participants will be receiving information about the Norway Arts Festival in their packets as a way to encourage triathlon athletes to stay in Norway for the afternoon to enjoy the arts festival that is going on at the same time, Dassler said.

Both events are being held July 11.

The triathlon involves a two-thirds mile swim on Lake Pennesseewassee, a 10 kilometer bike ride up the Greenwood Road and a 5 kilometer run along Route 117. It begins at the lake before Route 118 at 8:30 a.m.

Last year, athletes came from as far away as Connecticut and New York.

The event is USA Triathlon sanctioned.

The events may be viewed from the Red School House on Route 118 and along the roads for the bike and running events.

All events will transition from Lake Pennesseewassee, where awards will be presented at the end of the event.

Dassler said organizers have decided to put up more signs on Route 118 this year to warn motorists coming into town from the west.

There will be two police officers on duty that day in addition to the two normally scheduled.

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