Gerry Boyle Kids’ Firecracker Tri is July 4

Submitted to the Dorchester Banner
The annual Firecracker Kids’ Triathlon attracts several dozen young athletes to the Cambridge event.

CAMBRIDGE — The torch – or the firecracker, figuratively speaking, of course – is being passed to the next generation of triathletes.

The Gerry Boyle Firecracker Kids’ Triathlon will take place, as always, on July 4. What’s different this year is the name.

“Cambridge Multi-Sport (CMS) decided to add Gerry Boyle’s name to the annual Firecracker Kid’s Triathlon to honor a man who not only played a huge role in the triathlon community, but also and more importantly played a huge role in the community as a whole,” CMS member Chris Markin said. “Gerry was a champion of Cambridge and Dorchester County and one of club’s values is to be stewards of our community. Gerry loved the kid’s tri and volunteered his time every year at the event, smiling and cheering. He will be greatly missed and we can only hope to spread his name and what he truly meant to the community as a shining example of selflessness and commitment.”

The race is a youth and community event that introduces children ages 6-12 to the sport of triathlon. Held at the Dorchester YMCA, the swim – floaties are allowed – takes place in the facility’s pool.

From there, it’s outside to the bike and run course, closely monitored by adult volunteers and police officers. The athletes compete in age divisions, with appropriate distances for each.

With the area’s thriving triathlon culture, the Firecracker Tri has proven to be successful for several years, even drawing participants from surrounding states.

Mr. Boyle died suddenly in March. He was the respected and admired leader of Ironman triathlons in the county for many years.

The Firecracker Tri will start and finish at the YMCA and is organized by CMS. For details on registration, visit www.trisignup.com.

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

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