Young athletes will compete in triathlon

editor@sierrastar.comAugust 20, 2013 

Four youngsters with a combined age of 25, are looking forward to competing in the inaugural My-Tri Triathlon, Saturday, Sept. 7, at Bass Lake's Miller's Landing Resort.

The event is open to boys and girls 5-17 years of age and there will be two divisions in the race — Masters and Juniors. The Masters division, with a 7:30 a.m. start, consists of a 100-yard swim, four mile bike ride and one mile swim and the Junior division with a 7:45 a.m. start, combines a 50-yard swim, 1.5 mile bike ride and 1/2 mile run.

Both races will start at the end of the dock at Miller's Landing Resort. The swim, closely monitored by life guards, will be followed by an out and back bike ride heading west on Road 222 toward the Lupine Cedar Bluff Day Use area, and then an out and back run heading east towards the dam on road 222. The bike transition area will directly in front of Miller's Landing.

One lane traffic control will be enforced on Road 222 from 7-10 a.m. on race day.

Getting in some practice last weekend at the lake were four North Fork Elementary School students, Ben and Jack Olney, 6 year-old twins, and brother and sister Bladen, 5, and Kaiya Wave, 8.

Ben and Jack are the sons of David and Taylor Olney, and Bladen and Kaiya are the children of Larry and Tenaya Wave.

"The boys ran a 5K with me last year in Fresno, but this is their first triathlon," said Taylor. "They are super excited and I'm sure they are going to do great."

Third-grader Kaiya's favorite part of the race is the swimming, although she will tell you she's the fastest runner in her class.

"I'm looking forward to the race, but I'm sort sort of nervous because even though I have practiced, I 've never raced in a group before," Kaiya said.

Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age division. The overall boy and girl winner in the Masters race will also receive passes to Zip Yosemite.

Proceeds from the event will benefit athletics and the art program at North Fork Elementary School.

Carrie Waltner, director of the event, said the idea behind the event is to not only put the fun back in fundraising for the school, but to create a day of fun that is just for the children, while promoting healthy living in Mountain Area youth.

Event committee members are Tenaya Wave, Taylor Olney, Dave Cicoletti, Rhonda Salisbury, and Michelle Miller.

The cost to enter the event is $25 per person if registered before Aug. 26. Registration after Aug. 26 will be $30 and $35 the day of the race. Registration by Aug. 26 includes a T-shirt, goodie bag and lunch. All participants must provide their own life jacket and bike helmet for the races.

Waltner is hoping for a turnout of 100 competitors on race day. To date about 40 have registered.

Race day check in begins at 6 a.m. at Miller''s Landing. Pre-registration forms can be picked up at Miller's Landing or can be downloaded at mytribasslake.com.

"In addition to the triathlon races, the day will include games, music, bounce house, Velcro wall and fun for the whole family, so everyone of all ages are encouraged to attend," Waltner said.

The event is being sponsored by the Children's Education Building Foundation, Intermountain Nursery, Yosemite Sierra Visitor's Bureau, Granite Construction, Miller's Landing Resort, Sierra Asset Management, Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides, Beaumont Law Firm, Whiskey Creek Construction, North Fork Boatworks, Cornerstone Custom Construction and Zip Yosemite.

Volunteers to assist with the race are still being sought.

Details: Michelle Miller, (559) 624-3633, mytribasslake.com.

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