YOUTH TRIATHLON -- More than 200 kids participated in FirstHealth's fifth annual Youth Triathlon on Saturday, May 19. All children participating received a finisher’s medal when crossing the finish line, and awards were given to the first-, second- and third-place boy and girl in each race. Pictured are winners from the various age categories.
PINEHURST – More than 200 kids participated in the fifth annual Youth Triathlon that included swimming, biking and running on a closed course on the FirstHealth campus.
The event was created by the staff of the FirstHealth Center for Health & Fitness to promote fitness in children ages 4 through 12.
“The goal of this event is for the kids to have fun and feel successful,” says race director Jodi Heimrich. “We created courses with distances that are age-appropriate.”
With the help of many volunteers, the children swam in the center’s indoor pool, biked on a closed bike course that included the campus of the fitness center and Pinehurst Surgical parking lots and finally ran on Pinehurst Greenway trails. Volunteers from the Pinecrest High School football team, Sandhills Striders, Sandhills Cycling Club and Sandhills Triathlon Club helped with the event.
All children participating received a finisher’s medal when crossing the finish line, and awards were given to the first-, second- and third-place boy and girl in each race.
Ages 4-5: Boys – 1st – Jack Greaves, 2nd – A.J. Ingram, 3rd – Craig Mark. Girls – 1st – Clara Booker, 2nd – Madison Bartlett, 3rd – Bailey Grace Blackman
Ages 6-7: Boys – 1st Zachary Gulnac, 2nd – Chase Waldschmidt, 3rd – Pierce Perrotta. Girls – 1st – Brooke LaFrenz, 2nd – Sarah Grace Jones, 3rd – VanAnh Nguyen
Ages 8-9: Boys – 1st Cade McLaughlin, 2nd – Jake LaFrenz,
3rd – Caden Tolentino. Girls – 1st – Molly Kuzma, 2nd – Gabby Wood, 3rd – Gabreilla Luneau
Ages 10-12: Boys – 1st – Tyler Gulnac, 2nd – Quinten Wood,
3rd – Ben Hollrah. Girls – 1st – Paige Tolentino, 2nd – Emma Saunders, 3rd – Hudson Grace Atkinson.
The annual Youth Triathlon is held in May on the Saturday after Mother’s Day. Sponsors for the event included Rainbow Cycles; Benjamin Franklin Plumbing; Elliott’s On Linden; Dr. Rick Saunders, DDS; Aberdeen Coca-Cola; and Carolina Coins and Gold.