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