Two new faces will be coordinating the Sixth Annual Coeur d’Alene Youth Triathlon after longtime director Cynthia Taggart called it quits after last year.
Sta-Fit swim specialists Kari Amity and Stacy Salinas will oversee the 1997 race on Saturday, Aug. 9, starting at 8 a.m.
The race begins with the swim at Sta-Fit Athletic Club and ends with the run at Sherman Avenue and Lake Coeur d’Alene Drive.
Amity has been making all organizational contacts, while Salinas will help with the setup on race day.
“I’m excited about doing it because it’s a good way to get to know people in this community,” said Amity, who moved to Coeur d’Alene from Sequim, Wash., last year.
Amity is aquatic director at Sta-Fit. Salinas came to Coeur d’Alene earlier this year from New Mexico.
The Youth Triathlon offers separate challenges for contestants in the 7-9 and 10-14 age groups. Younger contestants will swim four lengths (100 yards) in Sta-Fit’s pool, bike four miles and run one-half mile. The older group will swim eight lengths (200 yards), bike 6 miles and run 1.5 miles. All competitors must wear hard-shell or ANSI-approved helmets in the bike leg. Upon completing the race, all contestants will receive fresh fruit and drinks.
An awards ceremony is scheduled in the park at Sherman and Lake Coeur d’Alene Drive. The top three male and female finishers in each age group will receive medals. Every contestant takes home a finisher’s medal and race T-shirt.
Interest in the event has been increasing, with last year’s race attracting more than 130 youngsters. Amity said she plans to stay committed to the event.
“It’s a good opportunity for kids to have healthy competition in the community,” she said.
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