And — they’re off! The annual Try-Athlon for Women and Children a hit

By David F. Rooney

The annual Try-Athlon challenges local women and children to walk three kilometres or run five, then cycle 15 km and, finally, swim of aqua-jog 125 metres at the Aquatic Centre.

There are more than a few guys in town who’d be hard-pressed to accomplish that but 93 women and children between the ages of six and 61 came out for this year’s event on Sunday and, judging by the expressions on their faces — at the start at least — they were keen to have a good time doing it.

Organizer Bex Reid-Parkin was very pleased with the turnout and with the cash raised — $1,515, all of which went to assist the local Breast Cancer Support Group.

Here are a few photos from the race:

Try-Athlon organizer Bex Reid-Parkin (left) gestures as she outlines the rules and the course for this year's Try-Athlon for Women and Children. David F. Rooney photo
And — they're off! Contestants come barrelling out of the lower parking lot at the Community Centre Sunday morning. David F. Rooney photo
Man! Those women and kids run pretty fast. Just a few seconds after the sound of the starting whistle and they're ready to run right over the photographer. David F. Rooney photo
Backpedaling like mad the photographer keeps shooting as the runners approach. David F. Rooney photo
And then they're running past! David F. Rooney photo
After the Try-athlon there was an awards ceremony for everyone who participated. David F. Rooney photo