ORRINGTON - Athletes from around the state and the country, swimming, biking and running here in Maine at the "Tri for the Y" Triathalon Sunday morning in Orrington.
It was a beautiful Sunday morning to do a 750 yard swim, 12.4 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run as the Bangor YMCA held its second annual triathlon in part with Tri-Athlete sports.
"It's a fundraising triathlon raising money for youth programs to benefit children who cannot otherwise afford to participate in some of the programs at the Bangor Y," Adam Lauer, race director, says.
Those programs including the Wilderness Center at Camp Jordan, basketball programs, gymnastics, and daycare.
"I have two little kids so it's nice to have that for all the kids, because staying active is really important," race participant, Kitty Wilkin, says.
Though only in its second year, the participation for this triathlon was nearly double from last.
"It's great to be part of a team that's so passionate about the 'Y' and helping youth. To put on a quality event that people keep coming back to says a lot," CEO of the Bangor YMCA, Mike Seile, explains.
"I work in a school with kids - I see a lot of disadvantaged youth. For 20 years I worked for the 'Y' and have been a member at the 'Y' for about 30 years, so it's very important to me," Lorie Darling, race participant, says.
With athletes from all over the region and even from other states, the first person to cross the finish line just so happened to be last year's winner.
"It's great to have a repeat of last year, it was really unexpected today. The whole time I thought there was ten people right behind me so I gave it my all at the end and hung in there," Jayson Seaman, the men's first place finisher, explains.
The goal was to promote healthy living at any age, and some of the youngsters in attendance could be well on their way to taking part in a triathlon.
The Bangor YMCA's next big event will be a swim meet this fall for "Caring Connections" a non-profit part of Eastern Maine Medical Center that helps support women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and survivors of the illness.
Karina joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX Bangor News team in March of 2013. Raised as part of a military family, she likes to consider Massachusetts as her "home-base". Karina graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where she majored in Communications. From January 2012 to July 2012, Karina was a student reporter for New England Cable News (NECN) and would take part in a live shot every Tuesday for The Morning Show, covering topics from current events to the "Trophy Town" teams.
Karina also has a huge passion for sports. While in college she interned for New England Sports Network (NESN) as a “NESN Daily” intern, as well as the TD Garden, working in the control room for the Bruins and Celtics games. Also as a former college softball player, she loves staying active and looks forward to trying some of the sports the Bangor area has to offer!
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