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Patoka Lake triathlon benefits site's wildlife

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new triathlon debuts Saturday in Southern Indiana, but it's not just another competition. The race is raising money to educate people about wildlife.  

"We have the perfect location, a beautiful beach and an area to ride their bikes and run, a great course that's very scenic so I thought why not," said race director Dana Reckelhoff.

On Saturday athletes are taking over Patoka Lake. The triathlon starts with a 500 yard swim, 12.8 mile bike ride and  a 5k run.

The triathlon costs $40 a person. 115 people are signed up, meaning Patoka Lake State Park will raise about 46-hundred dollars. Every penny will benefit the site's wild birds.

"With a bird that's been injured there's always a lot of costs with vet bills any shots they might need for antibiotics things like that," said Reckelhoff.

The birds are part of Patoka Lake's education program that teaches people about the role these animals play in nature. The money raised will help keep the birds  healthy.

Race Director Dana Reckelhoff hopes it will allow them to add a bald eagle, replacing one that passed away 4-years ago.

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