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Run and Roll for the Dole set for today

A couple hundred people are expected to show up at the historic Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake to run and bike for a total of 16.4 miles as this morning at the Fourth annual Run and Roll for the Dole Duathalon.

The popular race will both begin and end at the historic Dole Mansion after winding through Crystal Lake.

Last year more than 280 people signed up for the event and this year, 250 have registered so far. The majority of the participants are from Illinois, though some have traveled from states across the country including Wisconsin and California to take part in the event which participants in the past have said is great for running.

Event organizers expect the 250 number to rise as more are expected to register as registration opens at 6:30 this morning and will continue until just before the race begins at 8 a.m.

The event starts with a two-mile run through Crystal Lake, followed by a 12.4 mile bike ride and will conclude with another two-mile run. The top competitors look to finish the race around 60 minutes, while others form a team and have each team member take on a different part.

Others, who still wish to participate but not race, can take part in a two-mile walk that begins after the wave of runners leave the starting line.

The event is growing from year to year and looks to expand its appeal to those from all over. It saw participants withdraw from the race last year because of poor weather conditions and many hope the rain will hold off until later in the morning

Event organizers urge those who enjoy running and biking to come out and support a good cause. All proceeds from the event benefit the Lakeside Legacy Foundation and Historic Dole Mansion which focuses on the arts, community programs, signature events, and historic preservation.

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