New members and alumni of , a group that provides fitness and wellness programs for adolescent girls, joined together Sunday to compete in the second-annual Maidstone Park Youth Triathalon.
The girls began the race with a 300-yard swim in the waters of Gardiners Bay, a seven-mile bike, and finally a 1.5-mile run. Overall 23 girls, all students of the Springs School, participated in the race, a combination of veterans of the program and new entrants.
Now in its second year, invites Springs School girls from the sixth, seventh and eighth grades to train for the triathon. Along the way the students participate in weekly self-esteem workshops, family nutrition and fitness classes and other events to educate the girls in a healthy lifestyle, and elicit confidence and pride.
The Transformation through Triathlon group relies on funding through donations, grants, and fundraising efforts. In June i-tri received , from the Simple Works Foundation in East Hampton and the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation. The non-profit group was asked to bring the program to the Montauk School District in the 2011-2012 year.
On Saturday afternoon, i-tri will hold a fundraiser at the Breakwater Yacht Club. The girls will appear at the , which will include Caribbean music, a cocktail reception and silent auction. The event will go from 3 to 7 p.m. and is open to everyone. Tickets cost $25 at the door.