TROY — For every child running, biking and swimming in this weekend’s Kids Triathlon, another child is needing the help of a CASA/GAL member in Miami County.
The sixth annual Miami County CASA/GAL Kids Triathlon fundraiser has grown each and every year, according to organizers. The Kids Triathlon will be held beginning at 6 a.m. to noon Sunday in the Hobart Arena/Troy Aquatic Park and Troy Memorial Stadium complex.
All proceeds from the Kids Triathlon benefit the abused and neglected children assisted by Miami County ASA/GAL. The organization provides court appointed special advocates and guardian ad litems for children who need representation through the Miami County Juvenile Court.
Jennifer Sanders, executive director of the Miami County CASA/GAL, said the Troy Kids Triathlon has become one of the organization’s most popular fundraisers.
“We are excited that this event has really grown over the years,” Sanders said Wednesday. “It’s special in that kids are helping kids that are less fortunate than them.”
Sanders said the event idea was brought to her attention through organizer Cheryl Chaney who wanted to bring a kid friendly triathlon event to Troy to help area children and volunteers.
“Cheryl just has done a wonderful job organizing it,” Sanders said. “The parents and the children really enjoy themselves and come back year after year.”
Sanders said the Miami County CASA/GAL served approximately 117 children in 2013. The non-profit organization assists approximately 120-125 abused and neglected children in Miami County each year.
“These kids can help other kids and all come together at this great event,” Sanders said.
Troy Recreation and Hobart Arena director Ken Siler said the event has grown each and every year it has been held. At Wednesday’s joint recreation and park board meeting, Siler said children are registered as far as Columbus, Lima and Cincinnati for the event. In 2013, approximately 350 children participated. Siler said he would not be surprised to see the growth of participants swell to more than 400 children this Sunday.
“It’s really neat to hear the parents say how unique of an event we have here in Troy,” Siler said Wednesday.
On Sunday morning, Adams Street from Water Street to Staunton Road will close from 6 a.m. until the event is finished around noon.
The Kids Triathlon are grouped together for children ages 4-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14. A medal, race T-shirt and refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the event for each child. Prizes for the top three finishers of each group will be awarded.
There are adults and life guards in and around the pool to assist the younger swimmers. Volunteers also are on hand along the bike path and the stadium at all times.
Children ages 4-6 start first beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the rest of the groups proceed in the order of age in approximately 45 minute intervals.
Registration is $20 per child the day of the event. The contact person for additional information is Cheryl Chaney at (937) 216-3078 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, to register or to see results following the event, visit www.speedy-feet.com.
For more information about Miami County CASA/GAL, visit www.miamicountycasa.org
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