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LEWISTON - On Sunday, June 27 Museum L-A will introduce the community to another exciting and unique way to celebrate its rich history and sense of place with the inaugural LADU, a "Duathlon of Historic Proportion." On the heels of last year's highly acclaimed "Echoes in Time" music extravaganza, this event combines athletic competition - running and cycling - with awareness and appreciation for local, historic landmarks in L-A. This challenging, scenic and safe event provides a unique opportunity to run amid Lewiston and Auburn's century old mills, cycle along the mighty Androscoggin River and its powerful canals while affording racers the ability to experience and engage with L-A's rich story of textiles, shoes and brick in an inspiring family event. Launching and finishing at Camden Yarns Mill, future home of Museum L-A, participant entry fees will benefit restoration and preservation efforts underway at Museum L-A located in this Preserve America City. The 3-mile-run, 14-mile-bike and 3-mile-finish culminates with a finish-line award ceremony with amazing and historic first-place prizes for every age category.

All racers receive a historic guide and maps highlighting landmarks, neighborhoods and natural resources along three inspiring race routes. In keeping with Museum L-A's mission to connect the generations, a race for youngsters, the Textile Trot, will precede the main event followed by a family friendly race-expo and awards ceremony. An experienced committee of community leaders has created an epic course that is slated to go down in 2010 race calendars as the biggest duathlon in the state of Maine with an a unique way to experience the community's historical significance. Leading the race efforts on behalf of Museum L-A is Jennifer Dube-Works, museum development director, along with race partner Tri-Maine, Will Thomas. Local race and activity enthusiasts, Mike Lecompte, Eric Cobb, John Grenier, Bob Brainerd, Scott Brown, Maggie Chisholm and Beryle Martin have all provided experience and knowledge to help shape this amazing race while community civic leaders Michael Auger of the Androscoggin Land Trust and Museum L-A Archivist Susan Beane and Executive Director of Museum L-A, Rachel Desgrosseilliers have guided historic course notes.

Winners of every five-year age group, both male and female, will have the opportunity of a lifetime to have their names carved in history. Norm Davis and workers from Morin Brick - making bricks for over a century in Auburn, Maine - will be on site with "green bricks," which are bricks that have not yet been fired. Category winners will carve their name and race time in green bricks. Morin Brick will fire the bricks and one brick will be given to the athlete while the other brick will become a part of Museum L-A's collection.

The "Textile Trot" will kick off the race for ages 10 and under at 7:45a.m. LADU will launch at 8:00 a.m. followed by a fun family expo with opportunity to explore our community history further as racers receive their awards. Relay teams are encouraged and participants ages 14 and up can register to race. The race will need 100 volunteers to help. Coordinating the volunteers are Karla Leandri Rider of Museum L-A and Irma McGuinness of Walmart. State-of-the-art chip timing will be used so that athletes can get their personal times. The race will be sponsored by major race sponsors Androscoggin Cardiology, Morin Brick, Walmart Logistics and Supercenter, Tri-Maine and New Balance. Educational clinics will be held prior to the race by Central Maine Conditioning Clinic and Rainbow Bikes. To register for this race for preservation, go to www.museumla.org/ladu/. Or, contact Museum L-A at 207-333-3881.