WAUNAKEE (WKOW) -- The sixth annual Waunakee Kids Triathlon wants to take their event to a new level, reaching for an attendance record of 600 athletes between the ages of 3-14.
On Tuesday, Elyse Smithback, Vice President of Waunakee Community Bank and Katie Hensel, Executive Director for Tri 4 Schools stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about the event.
Hosted by local non-profit Tri 4 Schools at Waunakee Community High School, this event has seen growth from 325 in 2012 to 565 in 2016, raising nearly $60,000 for school health and wellness programs.
Joining existing partners Waunakee Rotary and Waunakee Village Center, new presenting sponsor Waunakee Community Bank has signed on as the title sponsor this year. Having recently opened in Fall 2016, they are eager to make an impact in the communities they serve, and will play a key role in allowing the race to grow to meet the demands of 600 triathletes!
“Waunakee Community Bank is thrilled to be the presenting sponsor for the Tri 4 Schools Waunakee Kids Triathlon," said President and CEO Steve Peotter. "We have experienced a warm welcome to this community, and want to give back in a big way by making an investment in the health of the next generation.”
Tri 4 Schools is an organization dedicated to improving the health of children in the area through running, biking, and swimming through youth triathlons, a family mud run, and after-school programs to teach kids healthy habits and support area schools. With a focus on reducing barriers to participation so children from all backgrounds can enjoy a healthy lifestyle, one in four athletes participate via scholarship, as well as 75% of their after-school program participants. “We believe all kids deserve safe, fun, and healthy opportunities to achieve their dreams, which is why we are so thrilled to team up with Waunakee Community Bank,” said Executive Director Katie Hensel. “By allowing more athletes to safely participate, we are able to raise more money for school health and wellness initiatives, and most importantly, give children the amazing feeling of achieving their goals. We are grateful to Waunakee Community Bank for helping us help children in Dane County.”
The triathlon takes place on Saturday, May 20th at Waunakee Community High School starting at 8:30am . With three distances for all ability levels, as well as an adaptive triathlon, any child between the ages of 3-14 is welcome to join. Every dollar of the entry fee is returned to the school of your choice to fund fitness and nutrition resources.
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