Sixty-six entrants competed in the Turbo Tri for adults at Maidstone Park in Springs on Saturday over the same course that the I-Tri program’s teenaged girls are to traverse in the Youth Triathlon on July 13.
The race, which comprised a 300-yard bay swim, a 7-mile bike leg, and a 1.5-mile run, followed by a dinner catered by Panera Bread, was a fund-raiser for Theresa Roden’s “transformation through triathlon” I-Tri program.
The triathlon’s top 10 were Michael Petrzela, in 35 minutes and 7.14 seconds, Spencer Korwin, Pierce Hodges, Dean Bruno, Noel Kelly, Ben Horton, Lenny Giannantony, Tarra Powers, Angelika Cruz, and James McGroarty.
During the dinner, two of the I-Tri girls, Kaya Mulligan and Alicia Constantine, spoke about what I-Tri had meant to them.
“Basically,” Mulligan said later in the week, “I thanked everyone for being there, and told them I was happy to have been chosen by I-Tri two years ago. It gave me new friends — they’re more like sisters really — and through their support I’ve gained a lot of confidence and overall understanding.”
As for triathloning, Kaya said, “I was not unathletic, but now I consider myself an athlete.” Physical exercise, she added, “is not only fun, but it makes you feel healthy and strong and feel good about yourself.”
Her mother, Alyssa, she said, was “really happy — she’s seen me grow in tremendous ways.”
Asked if she were looking forward to the Youth Triathlon, she said, “Definitely. I’d like to improve on last year’s time, but I also want to have fun.”
Registration forms for the Youth Triathlon, for boys and girls ages 10 to 17, which is sponsored by the Y.M.C.A.-East Hampton RECenter, can be had at the Y, or by contacting Sharon McCobb, the race director, at 516-617-5721. J.G.