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Maryland Park Service Hosts Annual Lifeguard Competition
HAGERSTOWN — Lifeguards across the state from Gunpowder Falls State Park to Sandy Point State Park will converge at 1 p.m. at Greenbrier State Park on August 6 to compete in the Maryland State Lifeguard Competition.
“Maryland State Parks employ some very dedicated, talented young adults,” said Nita Settina, Superintendent of the Maryland Park Service. “The competition showcases the skills that our lifeguards utilize every day to ensure the safety of our visitors.”
Challenges include a one-mile run, half-mile swim, beach flags, a water survival challenge, and the "ultimate challenge" obstacle course.
Lifeguards from Maryland State Parks, including Greenbrier, Sandy Point, Gunpowder Falls, New Germany, Rocky Gap, Herrington Manor, Deep Creek Lake, Point Lookout, Cunningham Falls, Pocomoke River, and Assateague are expected to compete in the events. The event is free of charge and spectators are welcome to attend. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Greenbrier State Park.
Greenbrier State Park has a 42-acre lake and a popular beach. Last year, more than 400,000 visitors enjoyed Greenbrier State Park's significant amenities, including boating, swimming, canoeing, hiking, picnicking, fishing and hunting. The park is the site of several competitions during the year, including mountain bike championships, triathlons, and even remote-control model boat events. The park is located just off Route 40, east of Hagerstown. For more information about Greenbrier State Park visit http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/western/greenbrier.html.
August 4, 2008
Contact: Olivia Campbell
410-260-8016 office I 410-507-7525 cell
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 449,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov