It’s Back!! The Annual Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon Returns for 2015


Annual Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon Returns to Chapel Hill

Founder’s Daughter to Assume Race Director Position

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Swim for Smiles Foundation is proud to announce that it will once again hold its annual Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon in Chapel Hill, N.C. The 2015 event will be Annabelle Kayye’s first event as the SFS Race Director, a title SFS co-founder Gary Kayye, her father, is proud to pass along to her.

Gary Kayye co-founded the Swim for Smiles Foundation as a way to give back to N.C. Children’s Hospital after his daughter, Annabelle, spent nine weeks in and out of area children’s hospitals battling a serious illness when she was just four years old.

“I couldn’t be prouder that my daughter stepped-up and asked if she could become a race director for the 2015 event,” Kayye said. “There’s probably nobody better to take the helm as she has not only raced in virtually every event we’ve held, but she’s also participated in nearly every meeting, set up, teardown and event planning session we’ve ever had.”

cancel-pic2Last year, the foundation had to regretfully cancel the long running annual youth event due to unforeseen circumstances, however this year, the race is back! The ultimate goal is to provide the highest quality race possible and the foundation is committed to providing the best race Chapel Hill has seen.

The 8th Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon will be held on August 30th and will be open to kids ages 5-17 and is a USA-Triathlon sanctioned event, which includes two courses, a short course and long course for all levels of participants. In addition, a limited number of relay teams will be open to participants.

We will unveil the exact location on May 6th when we open officially open registration. The 2015 race will only be available to the first 300 kids that register. For more information about the Swim for Smiles Foundation, please visit

About the Swim for Smiles Foundation
The Swim for Smiles Foundation was founded by Gary Kayye and Laura Gondek in 2005 and is based in Chapel Hill, N.C. The organization is an all volunteer based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization benefitting N.C. Children’s Hospital by hosting annual youth events.

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