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Bass Lake Youth Triathlon: MY*Tri Cancelled Due To Smoke And Fires

UPDATE Wednesday, Sept. 6, 11:32 a.m.

It’s with heavy hearts that we have made the decision to cancel this year’s MyTri. We feel the air quality and current state of our community does not allow for this great event to be it’s best. Our hearts go out to the many families that have lost their homes and been displaced due to the horrific fires that are plaguing our area, and we pray for relief and healing. We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors and volunteers for your promised support this year. It wouldn’t be possible without you. Participants’ registration fees will be rolled over to next year’s event. Sponsors, we will be contacted you with more information. We are so appreciative of everyone’s support. Until next year….

BASS LAKE — Young people, get ready to swim, bike and run! One of the mountain area’s most exciting events is coming back, as organizers have announced that registration is now open for the fifth annual Bass Lake MY*Tri, coming soon on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Presented by Sierra Asset Management and Central Valley Retina Associates, this super-popular triathlon is open to youth ages 5-17. Hosted at Miller’s Landing Resort on beautiful Bass Lake, just miles from Yosemite National Park, MY*Tri offers the perfect outdoor mountain venue and challenging courses for all levels of young athletes.

“My*Tri has been a great community event offering a safe and challenging competition for our kids,” says Kevin Shaw, parent of four participants.

Five years in, event coordinators are anticipating more than 100 athletes will participate in the youth triathlon.

“The My*Tri is one of my favorite days of the year,” says Elley Shaw, 12. “I look forward to it months in advance. My favorite part is hearing the horn starting the swim race.”

Starting at 7:30 a.m., kids of all ages and athletic skill levels will swim, bike and run for fitness and for fun. Each athlete participates in one of three race divisions designed to suit their abilities, from young athletes with training wheels to the seasoned athletes who love the competition.

Divisions include:

  • DASH – 50 yard Swim, 2 mile Bike, 0.5 mile Run
  • SPRINT – 100 yard Swim, 4 mile Bike, 1 mile Run
  • ACE – 200 yard Swim, 8 mile Bike, 2 mile Run

“What I love about MY*Tri is the way it brings our community together,” says Run Director Taylor Olney. “It’s so inspiring to see sponsors, volunteers, spectators, parents, grandparents, and children join together with a common goal.”

The goal, he says, is to provide a day at Bass Lake promoting athletics, health and fun.

Register online here: MY*Tri Youth Triathlon at Bass Lake — Registration

“I’m so proud of all our athletes. We love watching the five-year-olds swimming with a life jacket and cycling with training wheels. We are so impressed with the children who overcome extra battles with asthma, diabetes, and autism. We are so excited to cheer on all the athletes who really push themselves and achieve their goals.”

MY*Tri was created as a day geared just for kids. After participating in the Bass Lake Tri and seeing the number of children cheering on their parents and holding signs of encouragement, organizers wanted to create something like that for kids. They envisioned a day of outdoor fun celebrating the beautiful place we’re blessed to live in and the strength and perseverance of our mountain area kids.

Each course — Dash, Sprint and Ace — is designed to accommodate any and all levels of athletes. By allowing flotation devices on the swim and training wheels on the bike, even the youngest athletes out on the Dash course have big smiles on their faces. The Sprint course is designed for those who want more of a challenge, and the Ace course accommodates the super-athletes.

Fortunately, MY*Tri has a crew of wonderful volunteers to encourage beginner athletes. Over the past two years, say organizers, volunteers have been in the water with the swimmers, tied shoes, buckled helmets, held bikes for kids, run along with bikers and runners and cheered them on throughout the course.

There’s a specially designed, challenging course for avid athletes and older kids, as well.

“I love the MyTri,” says Lilly Shaw, 8. “Even though you’re working hard, it’s fun because of the  great view around the lake.”

The event is made possible by community sponsors, including  Miller’s Landing Resort, Visit Yosemite Madera County, Sierra Automotive, Sierra Asset Management, California Jam Co., K&B Auto Parts, and Cornerstone Custom Construction, Inc.

For more information visit: MyTriBassLake.com

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