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Tri-Oswego Triathlon Donates $5,000 To YMCA For New Youth Training Program

OSWEGO, NY – Recently, members of the Tri-Oswego Steering Committee presented a $5,000 grant 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 and Dash held in Oswego on June 14.

From left are: Christopher Jones, assistant race director Tri-Oswego; Shane Broadwell, race director Tri-Oswego; Karen Allen Turner, program coach; Sheri Morey, program coach; Trish Levine, director of health and wellness Oswego YMCA.
From left are: Christopher Jones, assistant race director Tri-Oswego; Shane Broadwell, race director Tri-Oswego; Karen Allen Turner, program coach; Sheri Morey, program coach; Trish Levine, director of health and wellness Oswego YMCA.

The USAT Sanctioned Splash and 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 and 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. 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,” said Christopher Jones, assistant race director for Tri-Oswego.

Youth must pre-register for the new training program at the Oswego YMCA.

Training will be held Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. 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. Whenever we can create new and exciting programs for the youth of our community we should rally behind it,” said Shane Broadwell, race director for Tri-Oswego.

Registration for the Tri-Oswego Splash and Dash 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 www.tri-oswego.com for more details.