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A foursome of triathlon veterans from the north country are scheduled to compete in one of the most prestigous and demanding triathlons in the world when the annual Ironman World Championship takes place Saturday in Hawaii.

Jeff Kellogg of Adams Center; Audra Adair of Sackets Harbor; and Amy Farrell, a former Ogdensburg Free Academy athlete, each are amateur participants in the event that takes place in Kona, Hawaii. Matt Russell of Lisbon is competing in the professional division.

The 35th annual race includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike run and the 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon, all in a single event. More than 2,000 athletes are expected to participate in the 140.6-mile long race.

Farrell, who lives in Tupper Lake, will be participating in her third Ironman World Championship. Competing in the women’s 35-39 category, she qualified for Hawaii in June by becoming the first amateur female finisher at the Eagleman Triathlon in Cambridge, Md. The former St. Lawrence University distance runner competed as a professional in the 2001 and 2002 Ironman World events in Hawaii. She finished the 2001 event but was forced to quit during the bike portion of the race in 2002.

Adair was the overall winner in the Lyme Sprint Triathlon in August, beating every male competitor en route to her total time of 1 hour, 24 minutes, 38.4 seconds. She is also in the women’s 35-39 category.

Kellogg, owner of Tug Hill Construction, has trained for several triathlons over the years, and trained with his son, Tyler, a former South Jefferson athlete, for the Lake Placid Ironman event in 2007. Kellogg is in the men’s 50-54 agate bracket.

Russell turned professional in 2010 and is a two-time duathlon champion and winner of Ironman Canada.

The Ironman Championship, established in 1977, is known for its grueling distance and harsh race conditions.

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