RunFest: On the Map!

You guessed it: we’ve mapped out each of the three running courses for RunFest located on the UNC Chapel Hill campus near Hooker and Fetzer Fields! Check it out:

1K Map 3K Map 5K Map

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You can also find this information and more about RunFest — everything from registration information to way to get involved — here:


Calling Local Businesses and Community Members!
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Announcing the 1st Annual Swim for Smiles RunFest!

We’re really excited to officially launch the Swim for Smiles RunFest, which will take place at UNC’s campus on Dec. 16!

RunFest is the first and only road race intended for all ages:

  • The 1K race (0.62 miles) is designed for kids ages 10 and under
  • The 3K race (1.68 miles) is designed for kids ages 18 and under
  • The 5K race (3.1 miles) is designed for ALL ages — parents and kids — and yes, parents feel free to run with your kids for this race :)

Proceeds from the race benefit the UNC Burn Center as well as the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

So why do we call it RunFest?

We want this race to combine the thrill of a road race with the fun, family-friendly festivities that you’re accustomed to if you’ve ever attended our annual triathlon. Whether you come as a participant or as a cheerleader, we’re united in our support of kids helping kids!

For more information about the race as well as ways to get involved and registration, just visit And as always, keep checking, Twitter (@swimforsmiles) and Facebook.

Calling Local Business and Community Members!
If you’re a community member or business interested in donating or volunteering, email or

Wacky Relay Day Was a Success!

Despite the fact that this year’s Wacky Relay Day fell on Friday the 13th (WoooOOooOOOoooo), the relays and festivities took place without a hitch!

In fact, the swim teams that participated in the event raised more than $20,000 for the N.C. Children’s Hospital!

A special round of congrats goes out to Henry Benjamin & Daisy Mozgala, the two winners of the new iPad, for raising the most money during the SFS FUNDays of Summer!

Wacky Relay Day, sponsored by SFS, is an opportunity for everyone swim and have fun at the Koury Natatorium, one week prior to the Summer Champs. Some of the relays that day included a

  • Noodle Relay
  • Pyramid Relay (kids from each age group on one relay team)
  • Wacky Stroke Relay
  • Parent/Child Relay

Thanks to all the swimmers and Swim for Smiles supporters that participated in all the festivities — and good luck at Summer Champs!

For more photos of the events, check out The Swim for Smiles Foundation on Facebook!

Great News from King BMX, Support Them on America’s Got Talent

Many of you attended this year’s 6th Annual Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon and got to experience the King BMX Stunt Team‘s phenomenal performance during the race!

We’re so happy that they were able to come out and help us support the kids and entertain to the community during the Finish Line Festival.

Check out the picture gallery above for some of their awesome stunts and you won’t be surprised to find out that in April, King BMX was approached by NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent to audition. On America’s Got Talent, you’ll see them as “American BMX Stunt Team” and they made it to the LIVE shows (Semi-Finals) in NYC.

Join us in showing your support by voting for them on Monday, July 2 at 8:30PM EST on NBC. Watch Keith King and his posse of 10 professional BMX, inline skate, and scooter athletes perform, and then VOTE when the show provides the call-in number!

Like ‘em on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and watch their video below:

Good luck, King BMX. We’re rooting for you!

Announcement: 2012 Greensboro Triathlon CANCELED

We’re sad to announce that the Greensboro Triathlon has been canceled for 2012 due to scheduling conflicts.

We apologize to those that had hoped to participate this year — but it just means that we’re going to try to make it better than ever in 2013!

SFS FUNDays are Here!

It’s about that time again for the summer swim teams of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area to participate in the Swim for Smiles “FUNDays of Summer” (check out the Fundraising Calendar for specific dates).

SFS FUNDays are events where kids of the swim teams get to help raise money for the NC Children’s Hospital. SFS provides the teams with envelopes for each child to collect donations throughout the swim season and a thermometer rally board to keep track of team totals for a dinner out, provided by SFS, for each team to thank them for their hard work.

A special event that happens at the end of “FUNDays of Summer” is a day of crazy relays called Wacky Relay Day, sponsored by SFS, where everyone gets a chance to come swim and have fun at the Koury Natatorium, one week prior to the Summer Champs. Some of the relays that day include a

  • Noodle Relay
  • Pyramid Relay (kids from each age group on one relay team)
  • Wacky Stroke Relay
  • Parent/Child Relay

It’s just a great way for SFS to say thank you to all the kids and families for their hard work. Each team’s fundraising totals will be announced at Champs after the morning session. The top fundraising boy and girl will receive the new iPad, and the winning team will receive the Wacky Relay Day trophy and an ice cream party sponsored by TCBY.

Any swimmer who raises at least $25 get an SFS Summer FUNDays t-shirt!

This is a great annual event that gets the kids excited about helping other kids in their community — and that what Swim for Smiles is all about: Kids Helping Kids!

SFS Youth Triathlon in the News!

The Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon wouldn’t be The Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon if it weren’t for the hard work friends, family, volunteers, community businesses, Chapel Hill and Carrboro town officials — and especially the kids — put into making this event an amazing success.

In all this celebrating, let’s not forget those that have helped spread the word about the triathlon — and even showed up to help us document all the fun and energy.

The Swim for Smiles Team would like to say thanks to all the news organizations that came out on Sunday to support us!

Here’s a snapshot of their coverage:

From News 14 Carolina

Huge thanks to News 14 Carolina’s Linnie Supall who captured the heart of the triathlon on video and wrote up a story on the event. Find the story and watch the video here.

From Chapel Hill Magazine

Chapel Hill Magazine featured the Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon in the People & Places section of their publication. Thank you, Briana Brough for your spectacular photos of the event!

Also, check out how Chapel Hill Weekly “covered” the triathlon

From Chapelboro

If you haven’t had your fill of triathlon photos yet, Ran Northam of Chapelboro took about 30 photos at the Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon.

We also greatly appreciated the Swim for Smiles PSA from WCHL that went out during the three days leading up Sunday’s triathlon.

Finally, Chapelboro blogger Sarah Shapard in her own way writes about how the triathlon serves as a compassionate example of people humbly giving back.

The Carrboro Citizen

Thanks for helping to spread the word about the Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon in the days leading up to the event! We really appreciate the support!

Don't See Your Coverage?! Never fear!
Are you a news organization that covered the Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon? Let us know! Email so that we can feature your news stories, too!

WCHL Features Swim for Smiles in PSA

WCHL’s talented Ross Maloney recorded a PSA for the Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon happening this Sunday! Tune into WCHL (1360 AM or 97.9 FM). If you’re listening between 6 – 9 a.m. and 5 – 6 p.m. now through Sunday, you’re almost sure to hear it!

Thanks, WCHL, for helping us spread the word!

But just in case you want a listen before that happens, we’ve got it for you here!

Get excited, everyone! Only three more days until the race!


KING BMX at SFS Youth Triathlon!

We’re excited to announce that the King BMX Stunt Show will be performing all day during the 6th Annual Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon! Their bicycle performances feature high-flying aerial stunts, such as back flips and tail whips, and mind-boggling technical maneuvers executed on the ground and ramps. King BMX riders have competed at the X Games, Gravity Games and Dew Action Sports Tour, have been featured on Fox Sports and Monday Night Football.

Here’s what you’re gonna see:

Youth Triathlon Clinic on April 4, 2012!

If you’re taking part in this year’s youth triathlon, you might be interested in a 5 week clinic taking place at the UNC Wellness Center in Meadowmont. The clinic will help kids ages 7 – 12 develop the skills needed to finish a youth triathlon. Register here.

The youth clinic will meet on Wednesdays (4:00-5:00 p.m.) starting April 4 and ending on May 2. The cost is $100 and is limited to 20 participants so sign up today!

Monette Williams, a USA Triathlon coach, along with other coaches, will demonstrate, motivate, and teach the youth the steps and skills needed to finish a triathlon. The youth will have opportunities to practice the distances as well as learn how to transition from the swim to the bike to the run while having fun!

Equipment needed throughout the clinic: swim suit (goggles recommended), bike and helmet (no helmet- no riding), and athletic sneakers. Kids will learn how to go through each discipline by practicing each week with the group. All levels of youth participants are welcome as the race course is considered an easy triathlon. However, we do ask that kids are able to swim a length of the pool and that their bike is in good condition for safety purposes.

What to bring to the first class: swim suit (goggles recommended), athletic shoes, helmet and race outfit or appropriate training clothes to practice transitions. No bike is needed for the first class.



Start Date: Apr 4, 2012
End Date: May 2, 2012
Activity: Swimming, Triathlon
Region: NC – Raleigh / Durham
Phone: 919-968-4620
Location: UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont
100 Sprunt St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Price: $100 for the 5-week clinic
Distance: You must be able to swim at least 1 length of the pool by yourself and ride a bike with 2-wheels.
Do I need to know how to swim, bike and run?: Yes, we ask that you can swim 1-length of the pool. A helmet is required and you must be on two wheels. You can run or walk.
What Should I Bring to the first class?: A swimsuit or race outfit, towel, swim cap and goggles (if you have one), bike helmet (no bike needed), and a big smile!!!! After checking in we will review the basics of triathlon and practice transitioning from the swim to bike (no bike is needed). Then, we will go to the pool to practice and simulate the swim portion of the race.
Where do we meet?: The first class will meet in front of the Wellness Center outside under the awning. The WC will provide a towel and has locker rooms the participants may use for the afternoon.
Directions to the clinic location: UNC Wellness Centers at Meadowmont 100 Sprunt St. Chapel Hill, NC 27517 From Greensboro or Raleigh, take I-40. Exit 273A (54 W) towards Chapel Hill for 2.1 miles Turn Right on Meadowmont Lane for 0.3 miles Turn Left on Sprunt St. UNC Wellness is on your Right.

Contact: Monette Williams
Contact E-mail:
Contact Phone: 9198432176 x3
Contact State: NC