Youth triathlon is this weekend

  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014

File Participants make their way out of the pool and onto the next leg during a YMCA Youth Triathlon.

The Ponds community will host hundreds of young athletes this weekend.

The Summerville Family YMCA’s sixth annual Youth Triathlon is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Last year approximately 230 children, age 7-14, participated in the race.

The event, which is open to the public, will kick off with the swimming portion that will take place in The Ponds community pool located by the Farmhouse. The older age group (ages 11-14) will swim four lengths of the pool and the younger age group (ages 7-10) will swim two lengths of the pool. The participants will enter the water one at a time, at intervals of 10-15 seconds.

After finishing the swimming portion, participants will exit the pool to the transition area. There they will don their bike helmets, shirts, and shoes and begin the biking stage of the event. Participants age 11-14 will complete two, 2.5-mile laps throughout The Ponds community and those age 7-10 will complete one 2.5-mile lap. The biking leg of the event finishes at The Ponds Farmhouse.

The third and final leg of the event is the running portion. The older participants will run one mile on a trail throughout The Ponds nature conservancy and the younger age group will run a half-mile. All runners will finish at The Ponds Farmhouse.

Those living in The Ponds or planning a visit their Saturday morning should expect short delays as during portions of the event certain roads in the neighborhood will be closed, but only for a short time.

The triathlon began in 2009 with a brainstorm from Dr. Hal Hatchett, a resident of The Ponds, avid triathlete and Summerville podiatrist. He approached the YMCA to coordinate the event and since its first appearance, the YMCA Youth Triathlon has repeatedly been a success for children and families in the Summerville community. “Each parent and family member that I’ve spoken to says that the triathlon is an amazing success—each year we have over 200 children participate,” Hatchett said. “They were so proud of their children. Not many kids can say ‘I finished a triathlon.’ We feel that everyone who participates is a winner. I am excited to see this year’s turn out.”

Each year, online registration can be found at summervilleymca.org/youthtriathlon. During late registration, through Friday, the fee to participate is $35. There is no race day registration and the event is limited to 300 participants.

The Summerville Family YMCA also conducts a Youth Triathlon Training Program each summer.

For more information about the YMCA Youth Triathlon and/or training program, call the Summerville Family YMCA at The Ponds (771-2934) or visit summervilleymca.org/youthtriathlon.

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