- Finally, a Hamptons charity benefit that's more than just cocktails and silent auction! There will be no paparazzi or Hollywood celebrities, there will be no $1,000 a seat tickets and swag bags, but that does not make the cause any less important. This year, the Hamptons will see its first Turbo-Tri, a local event for local residents on Saturday, June 16 at 6:00 pm at Maidstone
Park in Springs.
Turbo Tri was developed this year, as a fundraiser for i-tri
. Turbo Tri offers adults the chance to race along the same route as the i-tri girls will race at the Maidstone Park Youth Triathlon later this summer. Racers will swim 300 yards, bike 7 miles and run 1.5 miles. Those who wish to race can still can register. Registration is $100 and all proceeds go to i-tri.
Racers will be joined by Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman
and Triathlete and Ultra-Marathon Runner Amy Palermo-Winters who is representing the Women's Sports Foundation. Palermo-Winters, mother of two and world-record holder lost her left leg in a motorcycle accident in 2004. Since then she has broken her own world record, along with the US Men's record, in the marathon when she ran a 3:04 in Chicago
, set a world record in Olympic Distance Triathlon in NYC, and won her second triathlon world championships in Switzerland. Springs School Principal, Eric Casale along with many Springs and Montauk School staff will be racing in support of the i-tri girls!
It never easy to complete a triathlon, so those who do not want to race, can always eat! At 7:00 pm, everyone is welcome to the post
-race BBQ dinner at The Maidstone Park Pavilion. Tickets are available for only $25.
Developed in 2010 by Theresa Roden
, an East End mother, i-tri offers at-risk adolescent girls the opportunity to transform into self-confident leaders and triumph physically and emotionally as they gain self-esteem and self-confidence through the sport of Triathlon. The program combines weekly group lessons focused on self-esteem building and leadership skills along with hands-on nutrition education for the entire family and after-school fitness activities such as yoga, belly-dancing and spin class with their triathlon-specific training (swim, bike, run) on Saturdays at the East Hampton YMCA RECenter. The results have been spectacular with participants showing marked improvements in self-esteem and physical health.
Founded at Springs School in East Hampton and expanded this year to the Montauk School, girls aged 11-14, were selected for participation based on an anonymous survey and the recommendation of the school social worker or guidance counselor.
"i-tri started small, but our long-term sustainability and growth depends on responsible fundraising. With the economy as it is, we believe that that fundraising must happen right here in the East End Community, where our girls and families live. If everyone gives a little, it will add up to a lot, and we need our community's support," says Roden. "We are especially grateful to our sponsors who have come through this year with both cash and product donations to make this event successful. Key sponsors include Hamptons.com, Simple Works, and Bridgehampton National Bank
"i-tri ensures that all girls receive all their training, coaching and equipment at no charge, so that no one is turned away due to financial need. Of course, as we grow, that means we need to provide more and more, and we need the funds to get them," explains Roden, founder and Executive Director of i-tri.
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Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com