Watch For The Lumberjack At This Weekend's Young Life Triathlon

Watch For The Lumberjack At This Weekend's Young Life Triathlon Click to Enlarge

After a delayed registration period and fears of a possible cancellation because of COVID-19, this year's Young Life Triathlon is a go.

The triathlon, now in its 16th year, is a fundraiser for Lakes Area Young Life, a youth ministry that strives to establish supportive, faith-based relationships between leaders and kids to help those kids grow into happy, confident, responsible adults. The race will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday at the Detroit Lakes City Beach.

Brenin Richardson works at Camp Castaway in Detroit Lakes and will be competing in this year's Triathlon...with a bit of a twist.

"I have done ZERO training for the Lakes Area Young Life Triathlon," Richardson said. "If I am going to suffer I might as well make some money for a local organization!"

This is the second year that Richardson is organizing his "Lumberjack Triathlon", in which he adds more and more lumberjack attire based on donation incentives.


At the time this story was posted, Richardson has raised $1,035, meaning he will have to run the triathlon in firehouse pants, wool socks, hat, flannel, suspenders and work boots. He will also carry an ax and and a blue stuffed ox.

"At $1,200, I will only hydrate with hot coffee. At $1,500, I'm going to do the running portion of the race with a wheelbarrow full of wood. At $2,000, I'll split the wood halfway through the race."

Although he knows he'll feel it on Sunday morning, Richardson knows that Lakes Area youth will benefit from his pain.

"If you would like to send a kid to 'The Best Week of Their Life', please donate!"

You can donate to Richardson's Lumberjack Triathlon, with all proceeds benefiting Lakes Area Young Life HERE.

Here is clip of Richardson in the swimming portion of last year's race:


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