Michellie Jones Wins Inaugural iTRYathlon in Irvine
The Northwood area of Irvine was abuzz Saturday morning with hundreds of burgeoning athletes completing the iTRYathlon (www.itryathlon.com), presented by Destination Irvine (DI) and benefitting the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF). Irvine-based Renegade Racing produced the event, which included a Women’s and Youth Triathlon, a 5K Run/Walk, and a Junior Triathlon. For many, the iTRYathlon was their first triathlon or competitive sporting event. The event drew star quality, with Olympic silver medalist and two-time ITU Triathlon World Champion, Michellie Jones, winning the women’s overall triathlon with a time of 49:38.
Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang kicked off the kids’ race and presented the awards, along with Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) Board Member Gavin Huntley-Fenner, to the overall and age-division winners at the awards ceremony. The event raised thousands of dollars for IPSF, which provides financial support and enrichment programs for the students of IUSD.
“IPSF is excited about being a part of a community event that promotes fitness and supports our schools at the same time. Our partnership with Destination Irvine and the Irvine Chamber of Commerce is another example of how our effort to provide educational excellence in Irvine is valued by, and serves to unite the community,” said Neda Zaengle, CEO of IPSF.
Race Director Jonathan Pauley designed a beautiful and scenic course along the foothills of Irvine. “We wanted to create a fun, safe environment for women and kids to experience a triathlon. Many women are intimidated by participating alongside men or swimming in the ocean. We eliminated those elements to create an event where women and children feel comfortable competing.”
In addition to Destination Irvine, sponsors included: A Road Bike 4 U, Orchard Hills Shopping Center, Mike Dunn Realtor, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Doctor’s Ambulance, Whole Foods, Sports Conditioning and Rehabilitation (SCAR), Rausch Physical Therapy, The Printery, and Hammer Nutrition. The event also included a finish line festival with entertainment provided by the Irvine student band, Breach the Summit, and an expo featuring many local businesses and non-profit organizations.
For more information, please logon to www.iTRYathlon.com
About Renegade Racing
Renegade Racing produces running, triathlon and adventure sports events throughout Southern California. www.renegaderaceseries.com
About Destination Irvine
The mission of Destination Irvine is to partner with the tourism and hospitality industry to brand and promote Irvine as a preferred overnight destination in Southern California for groups, sports events, leisure visitors and business travelers. Destination Irvine’s goals are designed to enhance the economy of the city of Irvine through sustained growth in tourism spending, resulting in an increase in economic impact. Destination Irvine is a division of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce. www.destinationirvine.com
About Irvine Public Schools Foundation
Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s mission is to enrich the educational experience of each child in every school. IPSF achieves this by providing programs, raising funds, and uniting the community in support of educational excellence for all students. www.ipsf.net