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Battle of the Bay returns in Yarmouth

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Battle of the Bay returns in Yarmouth

YARMOUTH — The seventh Battle of the Bay triathlon will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14.

The race is a family-friendly way to raise money for the Evans Albert Spear Memorial Scholarship Fund, named after the Yarmouth High School graduate who died of Hodgkins lymphoma in 2004 at age 23.  

The race is not about fitness or athletic ability, coordinator Jared Connell said. It's about fun, community and family.

Each participating team will have four members. One person runs two miles, one bikes four miles and the other two canoe three miles.

The course starts at the Cousins Island Bridge. Runners will race to the Cousins Island checkpoint and turn around. The bike loop is to Town Landing. There, the canoes will race into the harbor and back to the Cousins Island Beach.

After the race, there will be a lobster bake and awards ceremony. Anyone can attend the lobster bake without competing in the race for $40.

"Evans and I grew up together and we were very close," Connell said. "This event is a way to help raise money for the annual $5,000 scholarship given out each year to a Yarmouth High School student."

Spear was an All-American lacrosse player and an All-State hockey player, Connell said. The scholarship provides financial support for a local student who is interested in furthering their education, is involved in extra-curricular activities, could be interested in a career in a marine field, and like Spear, is a leader. Since it's start, the fund has given $30,000 to high school students, he said.

In addition to the scholarship, Connell said the goal of the fund is to build an Evans Albert Spear House similar to the Cam Neely House in Boston. It will provide support for cancer patients between the ages of 17 and 25.

"Evans was the type of person to help other young people going through cancer," Connell said. "We want to honor his vision and bravery with a place for young people to feel safe and supported."

Each year the organization raises more money and the event grows, Connell said. 

"Friends, family members and local organizations have helped us to accomplish a lot in seven years," he said.

Pre-registration for the triathlon is available at evansspear.com and the day of the event at 8 a.m.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net