BASS LAKE – Hey, kids (and the parents who love them), it’s time to sign up for the 2nd Annual My Tri Mountain Area Youth Triathlon, set for Sept. 6 at Miller’s Landing on Bass Lake’s south shore.
The triathlon has three race distances, including a longer distance than before, and is open to all kids ages 5 through 17. Get ready to swim, bike and run!
“We are very excited about our second annual My Tri youth triathlon, and helping to encourage kids to get out there and play every day. We feel that this triathlon is a great way to get kids into something healthy while having fun,” says Michelle Miller with Miller’s Landing.
Last year’s inaugural event was a big success, with more than 100 mountain area youth, as well as kids from outside the mountain communities, attending the event.
My Tri 2014 is expected to attract even more kids and their families, with some fun new features added this second time around.
The “Dash Distance,” includes a 50 yard swim, 2 mile bike ride and .5 mile run. The “Sprint Distance,” has a 100 yard swim, 4 mile bike ride and 1 mile run. The “Ace Distance,” new this year, features a 200 yard swim, 8 mile bike ride, and 2 mile run. Organizers are hoping the “Ace” will appeal to some of the older athletes participating.
“It’s great training for any sport,” says Miller of the greater-distance, “and gives the kids an even greater sense of accomplishment when they finish.”
Early Bird entry, slated for any time before August 22, is $25 per participant and $20 for each additional sibling. Early registrants will get a t-shirt. After the early bird deadline, entry fees go to $30 for the first entry and $25 for each sibling. Please note: unlike last year, there will be no registration on race day.
This event is sponsored by the Children’s Educational Foundation to promote healthy living for our mountain area youth. The proceeds from the My Tri will go to the North Fork School Athletics Department and their Art Enrichment Program.
“In last year’s race, the kids were so excited to look up from the dock as they prepared to begin the race, and see hundreds of people lining the streets and shoreline, cheering them on and holding signs for their favorite athlete. Whether they placed or not, I think each child felt a sense of accomplishment and made a memory to look back on with pride,” Miller reports.
“Kids can already be seen training at the lake in anticipation of the event. It’s neat to see kids getting healthy and working towards a goal.”
Corporate sponsors so far include K&B Car Quest Auto Parts in North Fork, Miller’s Landing Resort at Bass Lake, Sierra Asset Management, and Sierra Telephone.
For more information on the race, including schedule, course map, volunteer opportunities and registration visit MyTri Bass Lake or phone (559) 642-3633.
Be sure to check out Miller’s Landing Resort, as well.
Thanks to Roger Robinette for the great photos from last year’s My Tri event.