IT’S THE TAKING PART THAT COUNTS: Allie Aie in the first Kids’ Triathlon in Ashcroft in 2013.

IT’S THE TAKING PART THAT COUNTS: Allie Aie in the first Kids’ Triathlon in Ashcroft in 2013.

Come out and cheer for our young TRY-athletes

Vicky Trill looks ahead to the second Kids' TRY-athlon in Ashcroft on July 19.

One year ago I experienced one of the most inspirational and fun events ever. We hosted Ashcroft’s 1st Kids’ Triathlon, and it was truly a great event, so this year we are doing it again! On Sat., July 19 more than 50 kids ages 3–19 will swim, bike, and run their way to the downtown finish line. Local athletes as well as othersfrom Vancouver, Lillooet, and Kamloops are registered to take part in the competition, in the spirit of participation and fun!

The Desert Hills Tri Club is hosting and running this event, which has been named the Ashcroft Kids’ TRY-athlon, with the focus on “Try”. As a club of local athletes, we want to lead and inspire young people to give fitness, competition, and participation a “try”.

The Kids’ TRY-athlon begins at 9:00 am at the Ashcroft pool and finishes at the Heritage Park. Athletes will first swim their prescribed distances; then they will get on their bikes and pedal across the bridge, down Evans Road, and back toward the Heritage Park. There they will get off their bikes and finish with a run downtown, which finishes at the Heritage Park. Every participant receives a T-shirt, as well as other “swag bag” items, and every finisher receives a medal and will be entered in a draw to win one of two brand new bikes!

We have been overwhelmed by the amazing support given to the kids for this event. The Village of Ashcroft has gone the extra mile by closing roads to keep kids safe, as well as providing free use of the pool. The United Way, Interior Savings, Ashcroft Workwear, Safety Mart, Desert Hills Ranch, Iko at IG Machine and Fibres, and Runner’s Sole have also been so generous, and we are thankful for their support!

Please join us and cheer on our young Triathletes: at the pool, along the raceway, or at the Heritage Park. Make a cheer sign, chalk the streets, ring a bell, shout, and cheer! See you there!

Vicky Trill