Strong Kids Triathlon is Sept. 23

Charlie West receives his trophy for winning the 10-year-old age group from Rob Hauck of TD Bank, lead sponsor of the 2011 Wesport Weston Family Y Strong Kids Triathlon.

The Westport Weston Family Y is busy preparing for the third Annual Strong Kids Triathlon, and hopes children are getting ready to swim, ride and run, too.

Held the morning of Sunday, Sept. 23, at Staples High School, this f event helps raise awareness — and funds — for the Family Y’s annual fundraising effort, the Strong Kids Campaign.

Triathlon participants compete for age group awards, and each child receives a T-shirt and a medal as well as the satisfaction of being a “triple-threat” young athlete. The competition will be divided into the following age groups

Ages 7-10: 75-meter swim, one-mile bike ride, 1/2- mile run. Race starts at 9 a.m.

Ages 10-15: 150-meter swim, two-mile bike ride, one- mile run. Race starts at 10 a.m.

Ages 2-6: 100 meter dash. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Race starts at 11 a.m.

The Family Y’s annual fundraising effort helps individuals and families participate in Y programs, such as child care, youth sports, swim lessons, summer camp and more, ensuring that everyone – regardless of age, income or physical ability – has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

“Last year the Strong Kids Triathlon became part of our community,” says Ronald Wimer, co-chair of the Y’s annual fundraising campaign in 2011. “We had kids from Westport, Weston and neighboring towns. We had scores of kids come back again.

“After one heat of the run portion of the race, I heard a girl say to her friend, ‘Last year I slid down the hill. This year I ran. I was faster.’ She seemed to relish her improved finish time as she talked about coming back next year and being even faster.”

On-site registration on Sept. 23 will be held from 8 to 8:30 am. Participants are encouraged to register online at prior to Friday, Sept. 21, to save both money and time on the day of the race.

The entry fee for the triathlon is $25 ($30 day of race). The sash is $10 per child. For more information call (203) 226-8981. To discuss sponsorship opportunities contact Camp and Youth Director Meaghan George, coordinator of this year’s triathlon, at [email protected]

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