Has time run out on Beaver Lake Triathlon?

June 24, 2014

After 20 years, the Beaver Lake Triathlon might have met its end.

Former triathlon Director Debbie Dodd confirmed that the race, with its quarter-mile swim, 13.8-mile bike ride and 4.3-mile run, would not take place this year on its usual third weekend in August.

“I had done it the last couple of years, and it was just too much to handle for one person,” Dodd said. “There was just too much responsibility for just one director.”

After her decision to step down, she said a few organizations considered handling the event, but none were able to find the resources to carry the race on for its 21st year.

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Athlete ready to take bite out of 20th BLT

August 13, 2013

Sammamish resident Jon Carlson, 58, has competed in the Beaver Lake Triathlon every year since its rebirth in 1994. By Neil Pierson

Sammamish resident Jon Carlson, 58, has competed in the Beaver Lake Triathlon every year since its rebirth in 1994. By Neil Pierson

The Beaver Lake Triathlon — which will kick off its 20th go-round Aug. 17 — has a lot of repeat participants, but it seems only one man has done it every year.

Jon Carlson moved to his home on Beaver Lake in 1993, a year before a neighbor, Mark Stendal, resuscitated the triathlon following its disappearance in the 1980s. Carlson was one of about 200 people who did the quarter-mile swim, 13.8-mile bike ride and 4.3-mile run in 1994, and he hasn’t stopped since.

Stendal founded the popular event, but Carlson said he missed a year of competitive action.

“He claims I’m the only known guy that’s done them all,” Carlson said.

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