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Youth triathlon set for Sept. 7 at UMPI

Posted Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:19 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The third annual REDY… Set… Let’s Go! Youth Triathlon will be held Sept. 7 at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

The youth triathlon, a collaboration of The Aroostook Medical Center, Aroostook County Action Program’s Healthy Aroostook, and the University of Maine at Presque Isle, can accommodate over 100 children. It will consist of swimming, biking and running. Participants between the ages of 7 and 10 will swim 50 yards, bike 2 miles and run one half-mile. Participants between the ages of 11 and 14 will swim 100 yards, bike 2.5 miles and run 1 mile.

“REDY” is not, in fact, a misspelling but the name of the well-known mascot of Let’s Go 5-2-1-0, a nationally recognized youth obesity prevention program that has partners throughout Maine. The mascot will be present at the event to encourage the participating youth to stay active, eat a healthy diet, and avoid spending too much time in front of the television.

“Youth obesity continues to be a significant problem in Aroostook County and throughout Maine,” said TAMC President and CEO Sylvia Getman. “TAMC is always looking for ways to make it easy and fun for kids to get active and build healthy habits that can last a lifetime. The TAMC team is looking forward to volunteering at the triathlon and cheering on the triathletes.”

“We are very excited to be partnering with TAMC and Healthy Aroostook for a day focused on kids, physical activity and healthy lifestyles. We can’t wait to see local youth swimming in the pool and biking and running throughout campus on September 7, and we invite everyone in the community to join us and the youth triathletes for their big day,” said UMPI President Linda Schott.

For more information, to volunteer, or to register a child, go to redyyouthtriathlon.org.

 

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