MONONA (WKOW) -- A special triathlon for kids will honor the memory of a Monona family's son. Sawyer Crossen passed away in May of 2006 because of complications during labor.
In 2010, his parents Molly and PJ realized Sawyer would have been starting in the 4K program at Maywood School in Monona and joining the PeeWee programs at the Monona Parks and Recreation Department, so they created a fundraiser to help support those programs in which he would have been participating. The Crossens founded the "Sawyer Crossen Memorial Triathlon" to promote physical fitness, family and community as a way to raise money for a scholarship named for their son that follows his school years from 4K to 12th grade.
The event this year is Saturday, June 4th at the Monona Parks and Recreation Community Center from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Kids ages 4 to 17 can participate in the race where they will swim, bike and run. Registration is $15 if you do it online. Click here to sign up.
The Crossens say the first year of the program, they were able to award a scholarship to 4K teachers to buy an art table in Sawyer's name so he could be a small part of that class. They also bought two soccer nets for the peewee soccer program and a large wrestling mat to support the Monona Rec Department's wrestling program. Each year after that, they have given money to the next grade level teachers. In 2024, the Crossens will award a graduating senior a scholarship to be used for his or her continued education.