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CLAYTON — The Thousand Islands Young Leaders Organization is now a nonprofit.

Formed in 2008, the group has been seeking the 501-C3 status for more than two years and got word Thursday that its request finally had been granted by the federal Internal Revenue Service. Retroactive to May 2, 2011, all donations to the young leaders group are now tax-exempt.

Alicia M. Dewey, chairwoman of TIYLO, said in an email that the need for tax-deductible donations and sponsorships grew as the group began to host more and more community events.

TIYLO started out as a small group of young professionals looking to provide an opportunity for like-minded people to network, get involved in local economic and community developments and coordinate their own projects.

The all-volunteer group now organizes several events — including music festivals, summits, exhibitions and sporting activities — every year in the Thousand Islands community.

Coming up on Aug. 26 is TIYLO’s third annual River Rat Triathlon in downtown Clayton.

The three-stage race starts with a 600-meter swim or 3-mile kayak, followed by a 17-mile bike ride and ending with a 5K run.

Registration will run from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Aug. 26 in Centennial Park on Riverside Drive, with the kayak race starting at 8:30 a.m. and the swim starting at 9 a.m. Participants also are encouraged to preregister online at www.active.com. Registration fees are $45 per individual, or $35 per person for teams.

Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department, the Northern New York Community Foundation and Friends of Bryan — a group from Alexandria Bay raising funds to help a community member with cystic fibrosis pay for his lung transplant.

The rest will help TIYLO cover the cost of the triathlon.

A volunteer meeting for the event will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Clayton town offices located in the basement of the Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive.

For more information, contact the event organizers at 767-3270, via email at riverrattri@live.com or visit www.riverrattri.org.

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