Firecracker Kids’ Tri goes off with a bang

Special to Dorchester Banner Dozens of young athletes turned out at the Dorchester Family YMCA on Monday for the 2016 Firecracker Kids’ Tri. The event, sponsored by Cambridge Multi-Sport Club, is a children’s-length triathlon.

Special to Dorchester Banner
Dozens of young athletes turned out at the Dorchester Family YMCA on Monday for the 2016 Firecracker Kids’ Tri. The event, sponsored by Cambridge Multi-Sport Club, is a children’s-length triathlon.


CAMBRIDGE – It’s never too early to begin the athletic lifestyle.

Dozens of families proved it Monday, when they brought their young athletes to the Dorchester Family YMCA to compete in the Firecracker Kids’ Tri, organized by Cambridge Multi-Sport Club. The event featured swimming in the Y’s pool, followed by run and bike courses, all with age-appropriate distances.

Registration fees benefit the club’s scholarship program, which supports a student from both of the county’s high schools every year.

“A very heartfelt thank you to all of our participants, families and volunteers who came out,” race organizers said on social media.

The 6-7 age group swam 50 yards, then biked two miles and ran 0.6 miles. The 8-9 group swam 100 yards, biked two miles and ran one mile, while the 10-12 group swam 150 yards, biked two miles and ran one mile.

Places in order of finishing were:

Girls 6-7: Mia Barnette, 7, first, 19:23; Julia Radcliffe, Antonella Samuels, Jill Williams, Katie Wheatley, Breanna Milligan, Rileigh Dennis, Sophia Diaz, Rachel Read, Nicole Phillips, Madelynn Mazor and Alden Gibbons-Neff.

Boys 6-7: Grant Christiansen, 7, first, 16:42; Avery Sponsler, Luke Petry, Joshua Miller, Gavin Bieber, Chase Adkins, Jed Cohen, Benjamin Phillips and Tristan McCullough.

Girls 8-9: Claire Bieber, 9, first, 24:03; Annamaria Samuels, Katheryne Kelsey, Jillian Burton, Christine Hu, Shannon Rath, Jacquelyn Smith Borg, Elizabeth Johnson, Kadence McGuckin and Emma Robinson.

Boys 8-9: Shunji Watanabe, 8, first, 21:05; Jackson Read, James Rath, Brody Adkins, Liam Douglas, BJ Simons, Luc Rollet, Finn McGuckin, Samuel Radcliffe, Grayson Gibbons-Neff and Andrew Albert.
Girls 10-12: Abbi Barnette, 12, first, 18:21; Emily Woolford, Reagan Bradley, Noel Shanks, Sarah Kyle, Clara Petry, Ambar D. Porras, Heaven Simons, Georgianna Smith Borg, Hannah Jones, Caitlyn Rath, Anna Hyde, Abril J. Porras, Lucille Thomas, Halee Simons, Cacilia Rollet and MacKenzie Mazor. Ana Miller also competed in this age class.

Boys 10-12: Taiji Watanabe, 12, first, 18:08; Brycen Coleman, Blake Becker, Nathan Hamilton, Declan Clayton, Andrew Christiansen, Justin “Cole” Bieber, Mark Williams, Alvin Hu, Angelo Samuels, Luke Gadow, Maximus Marshall, Gavin Adkins, Heath Kelsey, Alexander Read, Jack Marshall and Sean Raickle.
Parents and spectators recognized the work that went into organizing the race.

“Thanks for putting it on,” Tony Thomas said on social media. “It took a lot of effort.”
Cambridge Multi-Sport accepts members of all levels of fitness. For information on the club, visit cambridgemultisport.wordpress.com. To contact the YMCA, call 410-221-0505.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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