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

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