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angle-left Run, bike or swim to sign up for the Rochester Youth Triathlon

Run, bike or swim to sign up for the Rochester Youth Triathlon

For Immediate Release:  2018-07-02

Contact:  Haili Lanz (585) 542-8170 or Karen Feigel (585) 238-4308

The Rochester Youth Triathlon is welcoming kids from the City of Rochester and the surrounding area to register for the eighth annual youth triathlon, an event involving swimming, biking and running.

Rochester city kids are eligible for a discount on the registration to encourage participation in the July 28 event at Genesee Valley Park. All participants receive a free t-shirt and finisher’s medal. Register by July 7 for guaranteed t-shirt size.

The triathlon is open to young people who are ages 6- to 17-years-old and features the only Teen Super Sprint in New York State. Community partners and corporate sponsors like the City of Rochester, Enterprise, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield help make this youth-friendly, youth-only, youth-distance triathlon possible.
The Maplewood YMCA offers a Kids Triathlon program to help train boys and girls for participation in the event. Leilani Hernandez, age 13 and a member of the Maplewood YMCA’s program, has participated in the Rochester Youth Triathlon three times.

“I think it’s a really fun event because it encourages kids to become healthier and there’s so many people supporting each other,” said Hernandez. “Everyone’s just really happy and it’s a good environment for kids to be around.”

“I became involved because I have a passion for the city, the sport of triathlon, and empowering people—kids in particular—to be active,” said Cynthia Childs. Childs is the founder and former director of the Rochester Youth Triathlon, and a Workplace Wellness & Telemedicine Consultant at Excellus BCBS.

Long-time Youth Tri volunteer Gordy Whitaker took over after Childs stepped down as race director this year.

“We have a great team of coordinators that dedicate a lot of time and effort to make this a fun event for all,” said Whitaker. “It makes it all worthwhile when you see the smiles and the looks of determination and accomplishment on the kids’ faces!”

The triathlon starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, at Genesee Valley Park. There are three distances for participants to choose from:

  • Short Course: 50 meter swim, 2.2 mile bike, 0.5 mile run
  • Long Course: 100 meter swim, 4.3 mile bike, 1.0 mile run
  • Teen Super Sprint: 300 meter swim, 6.4 mile bike, 1.8 mile run

The top three finishers for boys and girls in the Teen Super Sprint will receive awards.

To register to participate or volunteer at the Rochester Youth Triathlon, visit

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Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a nonprofit health plan with 1.5 million upstate New York members. The company's mission is to help people live healthier and more secure lives through access to high-quality, affordable health care. Its products and services include cost-saving prescription drug discounts, wellness tracking tools and access to telemedicine. With more than 3,500 employees, the company is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce to foster innovation and better serve its members. It also encourages employees to engage in their communities by providing paid volunteer time off as one of many benefits. To learn more, visit