Firecracker Triathlon sparks youth fitness

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Special to The Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Athletes and volunteers from Cambridge MultiSport Club celebrated a successful Firecracker Kids’ Triathlon Saturday at the Dorchester Family YMCA. The young competitors raced on courses of swimming, running and cycling to complete the event.

CAMBRIDGE — July 4th celebrations started with a bang Saturday, with the fourth annual Firecracker Kids’ Triathlon at the Dorchester Family YMCA. Cambridge MultiSport Club (CMS) sponsors the event, which takes the young athletes through age-appropriate swim, bike and run courses.

“It was great this year, the smoothest firecracker we’ve ever had,” CMS member and event organizer Bob Wood said. “The parents were all great, and we had plenty of CMS volunteers.”

Several dozen children were placed in three age divisions and two gender classes – boys and girls 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12. The youngest racers began by swimming 50 yards in the YMCA pool, followed by a two-mile bike course and a run of 0.6 mile in West Cambridge.

The 8-9 year-old athletes began with a 100-yard swim, then moved on to the two-mile ride and a one-mile run. The 10-12 year olds did the same, except their swim was 150 yards.

Winners were:
Female 6-7
First, Shannon Rath 20:33; second, Mia Barnett 22:50; and third, Breanna Milligan 24:02.
Male 6-7
First, James Rath 18:55; Grayson Neff 23:53; and third, Andrew Albert 28:54.
Female 8-9
First, Emily Woolford 20:18; second, Brooke Gauck 24:59; and third, Claire Bieber 26:51.
Male 8-9
First, Brycen Coleman 23:03; second, Luke Barnette 23:04; and third, Nathan Hamilton 23:26.
Female 10-12
First, Haley Gauck 18:14; second, Katia Insley 19:18; and third, Michaela Smith 20:53.
Male 10-12
First, Bailey Wood 19:32; second, Samuel Woodley 19:47; and third, Kyle Dobosq 20:19.

It took quite a bit of community involvement to make it all happen smoothly for the children. “The YMCA was spectacular,” Mr. Wood said. He also thanked Bay Country Bakery and Rise Up Coffee for their donations to the event, as well as James Laverty, who provided music. Mr. Wood also was grateful to the Cambridge Police Department and the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office for providing security.

“We’ve all learned how to do this,” he said. “Everyone is very generous with their time.”

The athletes were generous with their efforts, as well. Bailey Wood, who finished first in the male 10-12 division, was tired afterwards, but still had some gas in the tank.

As he climbed on his bike for the ride home, he said, “I have a little energy left.”

All the work pays off for the adults who want to promote fitness and the athletic lifestyle among local youth. Mr. Wood said, “Watching them pick it up when they see the finish line is a joy.”

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

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