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LEWISTON - With the 2011 L-A DU fast approaching, training sessions are being offered to help participants prepare for Museum L-A's "Duathlon of Historic Proportion" on June 26 at Simard-Payne Police Memorial Park. While the feature competition continues to be the run-bike-run competition, three new events - New Balance 5K Run, L.L.Bean Community Walk and Kids' Obstacle Course presented by Auburn Firefighters Local 797 - are sure to make it a fun morning for the whole family. All proceeds from the day go to the next phase of the new Museum L-A building program.

Run Courses Coordinator Scott Brown will lead training sessions on the first three Tuesdays of June: June 7 - Run "Course One" as well as stretching and training tips; June 14 - Covering "Second Run Course" as well as stretching and training tips; June 21 - Easy runs on both courses as well as mini-transitions for those interested. Attendees can bring their bikes for the second and third sessions if they would like. If there is enough interest, a transition training/practice will take place for both. Each session will begin at 6 p.m. at Simard-Payne Park and will last one hour.

"Come ready to run and work out." Brown said. "I am hoping to have a number of the team members there to assist and answer questions as well."

The Kids' Obstacle Course fits in well with Museum L-A's partnership in the Let's Move! Museums & Gardens program associated with First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Initiative and coordinated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Let's Move! is dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Working with parents, caregivers, schools, public officials, and communities, Let's Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years by educating them and their families about healthy food choices and the benefits of physical activity.

Race day, June 26, begins at 8 a.m. with the New Balance 5K run led by State Senator Margaret M. Craven. "I'm delighted to be leading off the New Balance 5K race for Museum L-A's second annual event." Craven said. "I hope it will motivate people of my age, and all ages, to come out and get their pulse going, bring their purse, and contribute to the great cause of building our wonderful new Museum L-A. Please come down and join us."

The 3.1 mile course winds through downtown Lewiston and Auburn with a swing around West Pitch Park by the Great Falls. At 8:15 a.m. the first wave hits the Duathlon course - beginning with a 2.6-mile run through downtown Lewiston, followed by a 14-mile bike course that follows the Androscoggin River, and winds up with a 3-mile run through downtown Auburn and finishing at Simard-Payne Park. Museum Board member Kirk Nadeau is coordinating a corporate challenge for relay teams. He hopes to have 10 teams vying for bragging rights.

Come down and cheer on 10 local firefighters as they run the 5K in donated firefighters' boots - made in Auburn at Falcon Performance Footwear, which is sponsoring the local firefighters' teams.

Everyone is urged to pick up a pledge form and help support all participants raise funds for any of the events.

At 8:30 a.m. the Kora Klowns will lead the one-mile L.L.Bean Community Walk that will cross over the trestle bridge, through downtown Auburn to West Pitch by The Great Falls, and back to the park via the Longley Bridge. No race here - a one-mile scenic Riverwalk. It's all about generations having fun together and enjoying beautiful downtown L-A.

Youngsters age 5-12 will have time to practice on the Kids' Obstacle Course before the competition starts at 10 a.m. A tire run, zig-zag run through pylons, pipe-tunnel crawl, hay bale hill, balance beam, wooden wall, and mini-hurdles are just a sample of the fun challenges the youngsters will have on this military-style course. The Kora Klowns will be helping with this event as well.

All are invited to stay at the park to enjoy the post-race Expo and awards ceremony which includes music by Auburn's Tinpanic Steel Band. Servers from Pedro O'Hara's will be serving Lewiston's own Baxter Beer.