Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Bass Lake MY-Tri Triathlon scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10.
This triathlon is open to athletes 5 to 17-years-old. Hosted by Miller’s Landing Resort, the MY-Tri offers well-supervised courses for all levels of youth athletes.
Kevin Shaw, Yosemite High School math instructor and father of 10 children, of which four that will participate in the event, calls the MY-Tri a great community event offering a safe and challenging competition for all youth.
“The MY-Tri is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Elley Shaw, 12. “ I look forward to it months in advance. My favorite part is hearing the horn that starts the swim race.”
Elley’s younger sister, Lilly, 8, said “I love MY-Tri. Even though you’re working hard, it’s fun because friends and family are encouraging you through the whole race.”
In its fourth year, Race Director Carrie Waltner is anticipating more than 100 young athletes to participate in the triathlon.
Starting at 7:30 a.m., children of all ages and athletic skill levels will swim, bike and run for fitness , fun and medals that go the the top three finishers in each division.
Each athlete participates in one of three race divisions designed to suit their abilities, from young athletes with training wheels to the seasoned athlete who love the competition. The divisions include:
☆ Dash - 50 yard swim, 2 mile bike, half mile run .
☆ Sprint - 100 yard swim, 4 mile bike, 1 mile run.
☆ Ace - 200 yard swim, 8 mile bike, 2 mile run.
Run Director Taylor Olney said the number one reason she loves the event is that it brings the community together.
“It’s so inspiring to see sponsors, volunteers, spectators, parents, grandparents, and children join together with a common goal,” Olney said. “Our No. 1 goal is to provide a day promoting athletics, health and fun. I’m so proud of all our athletes. We love watching the 5-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, and we are so excited to cheer on all the athletes who really push themselves to achieve their goals. They are the mini-Olympians of the Mountain Area.”
Olney explained more than 80 volunteers will help at the event taking on a variety of tasks from securely tieing shoe strings and buckling on helmets, to swimming and running along side the younger children providing encouragement and added safety.
Michelle Miller serves as the swim director and Katie Bethune is the bike director.
The event is made possible by community sponsors, many of whom have donated to the MY-Tri since its inaugural year including Miller’s Landing Resort, Visit Yosemite Madera County, Sierra Automotive, Sierra Asset Management, California Jam Co, K&B Auto Parts, Cornerstone Custom Construction, Inc., and Sierra Asset Management.
Online registration at www.mytribasslake.com.
☆ Early Bird Dash, Sprint and Ace Divisions - $25 (+$2.37 fee) by Aug. 27 - sibling discount, $20 (+$2.09 fee) by Aug. 27. The Ace Division is for seasoned athletes.
☆ $25 if postmarked by Aug. 27 - $20 for additional siblings.
☆ $30 if delivered to Miller’s Landing Resort between Aug. 30 and Sept. 8 - $25 for additional siblings.
☆ $35 at late registration 5-6 p.m., Sept. 9, at Miller’s Landing.
☆ Entry fee includes a MY-Tri t-shirt, lunch ticket, and goodie bag if registered before Aug. 27.
☆ Extra t-shirts may be available for purchase on race day.
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