First REDY…Set…Let’s Go! Youth triathlon a major success

12 years ago

    PRESQUE ISLE – Over 60 young triathletes gathered at the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) on Sept. 9 for the inaugural “REDY…Set…Let’s Go!” youth triathlon. Organizers are calling the event a major success.
    “Everyone involved seemed to enjoy the triathlon,” said Reegan Brown, the event director and a community education specialist with Healthy Aroostook. “The triathletes had a great time, our volunteers were tremendous, and UMPI was a gracious host.”
    The triathletes completed the traditional three legs of a triathlon. They began with the swim portion in the Gentile Hall pool, navigated a bicycle course through the heart of the campus, and finished with the run portion on the south and west sides of Gentile Hall.
SP-Triathlon-dc1-pt-37IN THE POOL — Isabel Cyr of Houlton competes in the swimming portion of Sunday’s youth triathlon in Presque Isle. More than 60 youths from throughout Aroostook County competed in the event.
    The top female finisher in the 7-9 age group was Izabelle Higgins with a time of 16 minutes, 56 seconds. Connor DeMerchant had the best time among males in the 7-9 age group at 14:46. Sarah Beaulieu paced the field in the female 10-13 category with a time of 22:40. Craig Schiff was the fastest in the male 10-13 group, completing the course in 20:40.
    Organizers emphasized staying safe, having fun, and enjoying the benefits of participating in healthy physical activity throughout the event.
    “I am so proud of our young triathletes for coming out today and participating in the event,” added Brown. “Many of the participants had not completed a triathlon until today. The triathletes definitely showed that being active can be fun.”
sp-Triathlon-dc2-pt-37CYCLING — Kylie Mooers of Houlton pedals her way to the finish line of Sunday’s youth triathlon in Presque Isle.
    Event organizers credit volunteers with helping to make sure that the triathletes stayed safe and had an enjoyable experience. The triathlon was supported by over 60 volunteers from TAMC, UMPI, and other local organizations. They assisted on the course, in the pool, and in the transition area. Volunteers also helped with registration, setup and takedown, refreshments, and more.
    Representatives of the triathlon’s three partner organizations, UMPI, Healthy Aroostook, and TAMC are discussing repeating the event next year.
    “We couldn’t be happier with how the area’s first-ever youth triathlon turned out, at how much fun local youth had participating in it, and how well the volunteer team came together for the event,” said Linda Schott, UMPI president. “It has been so rewarding for us at UMPI to have shared in this collaboration with TAMC and Healthy Aroostook and to see the results – lots of kids in the community excited about exercise and healthy living.”
    TAMC president & CEO Sylvia Getman echoed Dr. Schott’s sentiments.
    “We enjoy collaborating on opportunities to provide fun, safe, and healthy ways to get kids moving,” said Getman. “We look forward to staying connected with the triathletes and working with UMPI and Healthy Aroostook to keep the momentum going. Congratulations to the triathletes and everyone involved for a job well done.”