RunFest Canceled, But We Still Want To Give Back

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have to cancel the RunFest. We apologize for this last minute notice, but we just made the decision to cancel the event last Friday. We had no alternatives.

However, we’ve decided to do a gift delivery to the hospitals instead. So, wrap up a $20-$25 toy and read on…

We still want to give back to the hospital – as is our tradition for the Swim for Smiles Foundation. So in lieu of the race, we will be delivering wrapped holiday toys to both the North Carolina Children’s Hospital and the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center on Sunday Dec. 16th – the day we had planned to hold the race.

So, if you planned to race, please consider joining us at the TOP LEVEL of the Craig Parking Deck on the campus of the University of North Carolina at 9 a.m., Dec. 16, when we will deliver these presents to the kids in the hospital. A campus map and location of the Craig Parking Deck is here, marked “CD” on this map: http://www.dps.unc.edu/maps/campus/Guide.pdf

Again, we apologize for the cancelation of this event. However, this toy drive will allow kids to help kids – our mission.

We realize the excitement your kids may have had around our RunFest, and we hope they will join us for the Toy Delivery on Dec. 16th as an alternative way to give back to the hospital.

Thank you,

Gary Kayye
Co-Founder
Swim for Smiles Foundation

Swim For Smiles Hosts 6th Annual Youth Triathlon

CHAPEL HILL, NC (April 28, 2012) - The Swim for Smiles Foundation is hosting its 6th Annual Youth Triathlon on Sunday May 6 at the Chapel Hill Country Club. Registration for the triathlon is open to participants ages 5-19.

The 2011 event was the largest children’s triathlon in the United States, and readers of Durham-based Endurance Magazine voted it the “Best Kid’s Race in North Carolina” for the past two years.

The Swim for Smiles Foundation is a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers. One hundred percent of the proceeds of the events run by Swim for Smiles are donated to the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

This local event, which draws 70 percent of its participants from the Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities, has raised more than $200,000 for the N.C. Children’s Hospital.

This year’s event features a grant that will allow 40 kids who would otherwise be unable to participate to take part in the competition.

Three of the winners from the 2011 Youth Triathlon medaled at the Youth Triathlon Nationals, but they won’t be the only stars there. Both Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton will be in attendance, and the King BMX Stunt Show will perform throughout the event.

The race features two courses, a short course for novice competitors and a longer course for more advanced competitors.  The short course race will begin promptly at 8:05 a.m., and the long course race will start at approximately 9:10 a.m.

Sponsors of the triathlon include South Fine Gifts & Furnishings, TCBY, Le Bleu, Fleet Feet Sports Carrboro, The Michael & Laura Brader-Araje Foundation, Triangle Multisport, Caribou Coffee and New Balance.

A complete schedule of events, course maps, prize details and other important race day information can be found at www.swimforsmiles.org.

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For more information about the event, please contact Emily Urquhart at emilysurquhart@gmail.com

Race Packets Posted

Today we posted both the Long Course and Short Course Race Packets to the website.

These packets are basically an all-you-need-to-know document for race day. In addition to course maps, they include a schedule of events, prize details, transition area information, a packet pick-up schedule, tips for race day swim, bike and run and some details on the Finish Line Festival that will include ALL the special events from the 2011 race as well as a few more surprises.

So, if you haven’t already seen the race packet in your inbox, go here and download it!

Our New Website

We are incredibly proud of the work that has been done, on a volunteer basis, by Nkechinyere Nwoko of rAVe [Publications] here in Chapel Hill, NC. She spent two weeks both mapping out and re-programming a totally new website for the Swim for Smiles Foundation to officially launch our 2012 events.

In addition to a layout that allows us to better categorize what we do as a foundation, this new site also makes it easier to find ways to volunteer for Swim for Smiles events and planning in addition to integrating our Social Media better – like the new Facebook Friend Feed and Twitter Feed on the left – this is something that kids who participate in our races have been asking for.

Also, we added a section just for Education. We plan to post a lot more there in 2012. Right now, it houses our six-part video series on “How To Do a Triathlon” that’s been used by over 50 different kids’ triathlons across the country to educate their own participants on how to complete each part of a youth triathlon. We’ll eventually include a pre-race triathlon training schedule, a 5K primer (since we’re adding a 5K to our Events in 2012) and nutritional information on how to stay hydrated during a race and pre-race training.

Finally, we’ve added more information about our nonprofit youth triathlon team. It’s one of only two USA Triathlon sanctioned youth teams in North Carolina and has produced both top-3 national championship finishers as well as top-3 at World Triathlon Championship finishers, too. We have world-class coaches who are specifically sanctioned for coaching triathlon for kids and the team is open to kids 6-12 years old.

We hope you take a few moments to peruse the site and let us know what you think – and while you’re here, take a moment to register for our new monthly eNewsletter by clicking on the “Subscribe to Newsletter” links.

New for 2012

As you can see, you are on a totally NEW website for the Swim for Smiles Foundation. Thanks to a volunteer member of our SFS team, we’re up and running with a site that’s not only easier to navigate, provides more information about our foundation, but also integrates our Twitter and Facebook presence – something that kids who participate in our events have been asking us to do!

But, we’ve got other new things planned for 2012 as well. In addition to bringing back the USA’s largest youth triathlon back to Chapel Hill this May (May 6th to be exact), we’re gearing up for the 2012 Wacky Relay Day and SFS Summer FUNdays in July, the Greensboro Swim for Smiles @ GAC youth triathlon in September and a totally new event in December: our 1st ever 5K that’ll raise money for the Children’s wing of the NC Burn Center at UNC Hospitals.

So, we need your help. We need you to get involved. We need event “evangelists”, event ambassadors, planners and people who want to help us grow in 2012. So, if you’re interested in getting involved and being a volunteer, please contact me at: gary@swimforsmiles.org or call me at 919-868-3358. We’re 100% volunteers, so the pay’s not good, but the feeling you’ll get from becoming part of our youth-based events that raise money for the NC Children’s Hospital is simply amazing!

And, we’ll give you free SFS gear for helping!

I look forward to hearing from you,

Gary Kayye

Co-Founder

Register for the 6th Annual Swim For Smiles Triathlon

The Swim for Smiles Foundation is proud to announce that registration for our 6th Annual Youth Triathlon is OPEN. The 2012 race will return to Chapel Hill, NC on May 6th.

Last year’s event drew over 800 participants and was the largest kid’s triathlon in the USA. In addition, for the 2nd year in a row, we won the Endurance Magazine Award for the Best Kid’s Race in North Carolina. We are ready to accommodate over 1000 kids this year with a new course and even more fun activities pre- and post-race.

Open to kids from ages 5-18 (yes, now 5-year olds can participate), the Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon is a USA-Triathlon sanctioned event and includes two courses for ALL levels of participants. In addition, we have a limited number of relay teams made up of kids of any and all ages (one kid will swim, another bike and the third will run the course — all relay participants and teams will do the Long Course).

Beginners should consider our Short Course triathlon that includes a 100-meter swim (in a heated pool), a 2.5-mile bike course and finishes with a short 1K (0.6miles) run. Long Course participants will begin with a 300-meter swim (in a heated pool), transition to a 5-mile bike course and then finish with a 3K run (1.8 miles). The Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon starts at 8am and is considered an easy triathlon and it designed for all levels of youth participants.

Every finisher receives a medal and the top three finishers of each age group will receive prizes!