2023 Arden Park Youth Triathlon Race Summary

And just like that…the 2023 Arden Park Youth Triathlon: Splash and Dash has hit the finish line. This year’s race was a huge success with the help of an incredible planning committee, generous sponsors, and an enthusiastic community. It’s great to be able to continue this tradition for the kids in our community.

This year the planning committee made an executive decision to scrap the bike portion of the race when we learned about the construction on La Sierra. Keeping the safety of our participants in mind, we decided to revisit the 2021 Splash and Dash version of this event. We hope to bring back the traditional format of the triathlon next year barring any unforeseen obstacles. Stay tuned for a save the date and more information to come.

That being said…the most important element to keeping this community tradition alive is the help from our dedicated volunteers. This event would not have been possible without my Dreamteam planning committee…Christina Joyce, Ron Salvatori, DJ Waldow, Mauricio Buchner, Matt Ramey, Jeremey Horan, and Leah Lind. I appreciate all the time and effort each of you put into the planning of this event and hope you enjoyed some laughs along the way. I really enjoyed getting to know each of you and I look forward to working with you in years to come. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Steve Buzzard for bringing the FUN to this event as the most amazing MC with the best beats.

I would also like to take a moment to recognize and thank our generous sponsors who continue to support this event year after year. First and foremost, Dan Gibbs and Teichert provide all the delineators we need to create a race course that is safe and easy to navigate for even the smallest athletes. Without this generous donation this race would not happen. Swansons Cleaners returned as our title sponsor and Nicole Swanson ran a great transition area to keep our kids moving between each leg of the race. Szymanowski Orthodontics returned as our run course sponsor and, as always, Dr. Damon and his team showed up with the utmost enthusiasm. Little Whale Swim School returned as our swim course sponsor and Anya brought all the swag and bubble fun to the finish line! Dr. Lisa Laptalo returned as our bib sponsor this year, The Gray Group hydrated our athletes with much needed electrolytes while Raley’s and Fat Cat Bakery kept the kids fueled with some tasty treats and fruit. Jackie Malhotra with House Realty provided us with some great lanyards for the medals our kids wore proudly at the end of the race. Thank you to Bean from Urban Flex + Flow for leading our kids in a pre-race warmup. Finally, Starbucks provided much needed coffee to keep our volunteers moving all morning long.

Last but not least, our committee would like to thank the dedicated parents who volunteered their time to set up, clean up, count laps and make sure this was a fun, seamless event for everyone. I know we all put in tireless volunteer hours for school, sports and community events throughout the year. Your time and energy are valuable, and we appreciate you taking time to make this one of our community’s greatest events. If you love this triathlon and want to take on a bigger volunteer role in the planning committee, please reach out to us at ardenparktriathlon@gmail.com.

On a personal note, after being on the planning committee for 3 years, this was my first year as race director. I could not have asked for a better, more fun, and exciting experience. Sunday far exceeded my expectations and I’m looking forward to bringing another successful race in 2024.

Kellie Rushton
Race Director
Arden Park Youth Triathlon

2022 Arden Park Youth Triathlon Race Summary

2022 APYT Race Summary Thank YouAnother year of the Arden Park Youth Triathlon is in the books. Believe it or not, our team is already looking forward to next year! Please read all the way through this message for important information about the future of this great event!

We were excited to bring back the bike portion this year and return to the traditional triathlon format. This meant bringing back the huge number of volunteers it takes to make the triathlon possible. We’d like to send a huge thank you to all of you who came out to count laps, set up and tear down the course, keep the road safe for our athletes and so much more!

The triathlon also wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our local businesses. Many of these businesses come back year after year without question. Swansons Cleaners has continued their Title sponsorship from the early days of the event. Thank you, Swansons! We can not show enough appreciation for Teichert construction and Dan Gibbs. They provide all of the safety equipment needed to put on our event, free of charge! If we had to pay to rent all of this equipment it would cost us thousands of dollars. This is a huge ask and Dan has come through for us every year. If you see Dan around (and you definitely will because he’s EVERYWHERE!) please tell him thank you! Our other returning sponsors were Szymanowski Orthodontics, Little Whale Swim School, Lisa Nielsen Laptalo, DMD – Dentistry for Children, The Salvetti Group Wealth Advisors, FatCat Bakery, Jackie Malhotra, Raley’s, and Starbucks. We had two sponsors return with new companies this year, Ross Rushton with Fairway Mortgage and Dana Gray with Gray Group Real Estate. And, we had a great new sponsor join us this year and they took on two roles. Jesuit High School and Summer at Jesuit. They brought a lot of great energy and we are grateful they chose to be a part of the triathlon!

I have been so lucky to get to work with some of the most amazing people to put this triathlon together: Ron and Amy Salvatori, Mauricio Buchner, Kellie Rushton, Lisa Slaughter, DJ Waldow and Nicole Martin. These wonderful humans have been meeting, emailing and texting for nearly a year to put together a fun and safe event for 2022. It’s an honor to get to be a part of this team. Like all of the activities our children participate in, there’s a huge amount of work that goes into making it successful. I have enjoyed many aspects of being the race director. Getting to see the joy and accomplishment of so many kids has been the most rewarding, but I will always treasure the friendships made with all of those who have participated in making it happen.

While I will always be a part of making this event happen, my time as race director has come to an end. We are seeking an outgoing, enthusiastic person who can lead this team forward to next year and beyond. I guarantee you will learn a ton and have a new (or renewed) sense of pride in our community after this experience. Please reach out to me at ardenparktriathlon@gmail.com. This community loves this event and we want it to go on for many years. But, for that to happen, we need someone to step into this role. Rest assured that you will not be thrown into the deep end and no race director experience is necessary. I had NO idea what I was doing in the beginning! But, I was surrounded by a great team! You will be, too.

Christina Joyce
Race Director
Arden Park Youth Triathlon

2021 Arden Park Youth Triathlon Race Summary

The 2021 Arden Park Youth Triathlon: Splash & Dash Edition was a huge success thanks to a great team of volunteers, a supportive community, and eager participants!

After not getting to write a race summary for two long years I went back to some previous wrap-up letters I’ve had the privilege of writing and I felt all of the excitement and happiness I had those years rush back. It was also so great to read so many names that are still a part of our event.

Thank you to our amazing planning committee! Ron, DJ, Nicole, Mauricio, and Kellie, you all put in so much work over a short period of time when we really didn’t know what to expect. We all owe you a debt of gratitude. The founder of the APYT, Don Fonseca, came in to graciously offer his wisdom and time. Casey Martin came back as our timing official. We couldn’t have pulled it off without you two! Together we can look to the future and get our full triathlon experience back next year! If you’re interested in joining this excellent team, please reach out! We need more key people to keep this great event going in our community! Email ardenparktriathlon@gmail.com for details.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out on race morning ready to make it a great day! If your athlete enjoyed a fun and safe event it was thanks to the efforts of every volunteer on the course, many of whom had athletes racing as well. Your dedication does not go unnoticed!

We have the best sponsors any event could wish for. Year after year, these sponsors support our event and make it possible to get all of the items that make our event possible and so much fun. Thank you to Swansons Cleaners, Szymanowski Orthodontics, Augustine & Associates Team, RE/MAX Gold, Little Whale Swim School, and Dr. Lisa Laptalo. These sponsors also had their teams out there volunteering! Dan Gibbs with Teichert Construction supplied all of our safety equipment once again and Dan was out there both days helping set up and tear down the event! Raley’s and Fat Cat Bakery supplied our athletes with TONS of goodies and water! The Salvetti Group supplied our bibs once again. And this year we had really cool swag bags donated from Jackie Malhotra. And last, but certainly not least, we were so grateful for the ultimate fun maker, Steve Buzzard! Your top notch professionalism kept the event as fun as ever.

I hope you have as much fun looking through the hundreds of photos that were taken throughout the event as I did. So many joyful faces! A few looks of being absolutely done racing but definitely more smiles of pure joy that these athletes accomplished a big victory for themselves. And that’s what it’s all about! Bringing the community together is great. But, introducing young athletes to multi-sport racing, the benefits of an active lifestyle and the ability to overcome fear and discomfort is right at the heart of what we are trying to accomplish.

This year we tried to make the focus about getting our community back together and being active. But, some of our athletes have that competitive spirit running through them and pushed themselves to the finish with all they had. If your athlete placed in their age group, you should have received an email from me already.

We are excited to start planning the 2022 Arden Park Youth Triathlon! Save the date for August 14th, 2022. If you have thoughts, ideas, feedback or if you’d like to join our planning team, please reach out and let us know ASAP.

Christina Joyce
Race Director
Arden Park Youth Triathlon