Last week, members of the Tri-Oswego Triathlon Steering Committee presented $5,000 to the Oswego YMCA for the creation of a new youth training program.
The donation will fully fund a program geared towards preparing youth between 11-15 years old for entry in to the Tri-Oswego Splash & Dash held in Oswego June 14.
The USA Triathlon-sanctioned Splash & Dash is a youth aquathlon consisting of a timed 200-yard indoor swim followed by a 1.6 mile run where youth athletes will run side-by-side with adult triathletes to the event’s finish line in Breitbeck Park.
The Oswego event is part of the USAT Splash & Dash Series, making it one of only 50 events of its kind being held in the United States this year.
“We are excited to see new programs and clubs created since the inception of the Tri-Oswego Triathlon and we want to see this carry through the years by building the next generation of Multisport athletes,” said Christopher Jones, Tri-Oswego assistant race director.
“Seeing our local YMCA create a Tri Club and it’s accompanying training program last year encouraged us to reach out to them to take the lead in this new program,” he said.
Youth must pre-register for the new training program at the Oswego YMCA. Training will be held at 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays and alternate between swim and run sessions.
The cost of the 10-week training is $20 per person. This is not a learn to swim program, and youth must be able to swim the length of the pool freestyle.
For more information about this program, contact the Oswego YMCA at 343-1981.
“We all need to focus on the health, wellness, and quality of life of our children. Our mission with the Oswego County Sunset Group is to fund programs exactly like this one,” said Tri-Oswego Race Director Sshane Broadwell.
“Whenever we can create new and exciting programs for the youth of our community we should rally behind it,” he said.
Registration for the Tri-Oswego Splash & Dash race is open to children ages 11-15 years old.
The $25 registration includes a required One-Day USAT membership, race shirt, finisher’s medal, and race swag.
Visit tri-oswego.com for more details.