Swim for Smiles readies first fall triathlon

July 24, 2013 

CHRIS.SEWARD@NEWSOBSERVER.COM

Registration is open for the 7th Annual Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon on the morning of Sept. 8 at the Briar Chapel neighborhood in southern Chapel Hill.

This is the Swim for Smiles Foundation’s first fall race in the group’s history. Proceeds will benefit N.C. Children’s Hospital.

The 7th Annual Swim for Smiles Triathlon, which is a USA-Triathlon sanctioned event, is open to kids from ages 5 to 18. The event includes two courses to accommodate participants of all levels, a short course and long course. There are a limited number of relay teams available as well. 

“Swim for Smiles is the perfect event to take place at Briar Chapel,” said Kristen Gucwa, Regional Marketing Director at Newland Communities. “It promotes an active, outdoor lifestyle and gives back to the Chapel Hill community.”

"Briar Chapel is a dream venue for our race,” co-founder Gary Kayye said. “It has an eight-lane pool, the streets that will host the bike portion of the race are the safest I've seen in the Chapel Hill area as they already don't allow parking, and the run portion will allow parents to see their kids three times on the course."

The Swim for Smiles Foundation was founded by Kayye and Laura Gondek in 2005, and is based in Chapel Hill. The organization has grown since then and now holds the second largest children’s triathlon event in the world. For registration visit  http://www.sportoften.com/events/eventDetails.cfm?pEventId=11203&pID=5B59510402

For more information and updates visit  www.swimforsmiles.org

 

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