New Women’s & Youth Triathlon Series Comes to Irvine iTRYathlon: Presented by Destination Irvine & Benefitting Irvine Public Schools Foundation
May 15, 2012
Renegade Racing introduces an all women’s and youth triathlon series! iTRYathlon is presented by Destination Irvine (DI) and benefits the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF). This empowering event is for all fitness levels and abilities. It will be held at Northwood High School in Irvine on July 28, 2012.
The main event for women and youth (boys included) ages 8-13 is a 3 mile run, a 9 mile bike ride, and a 200 meter swim. The swim portion takes place in Northwood High School pool. The Junior Triathlon for kids ages 6-12 (boys included) is a ½ mile run, a 2 mile bike ride, and a 50 meter swim. There is also a 5K Run/Walk for women and youth. Men can join the festivities by volunteering for the event and cheering the ladies and kids to the finish line.
Presenting Sponsor, Destination Irvine, is the official Destination Marketing Organization (often referred to as a Convention & Visitors Bureau or CVB) for Irvine. DI blogger Ellen Bell is currently training for the triathlon and blogging about her experience on the DI website, www.destinationirvine.com/blog. Bell has never participated in a triathlon but is willing to try. “For me, entering a triathlon is about as unimaginable as walking on the moon,” Bell said on her blog. Bell’s 14-year old daughter is also participating in the triathlon.
“To show their support of this athletic endeavor, several Irvine hotels are offering special rates over race weekend,” said Wendy Haase, Director of Tourism Marketing, Destination Irvine. “The hotel deals provide the event participants a chance to relax and enjoy the destination before and after the triathlon.”
The Irvine Public Schools Foundation is the designated charity for the event. Participants have the opportunity to raise money for IPSF while enjoying training with their friends and family. “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. “The course is great – it starts and finishes at Northwood High School. The run takes participants behind the school with picturesque views of Irvine. There is about a mile of a nice hill climb, but the view from the top is worth it. The bike ride will go out and back and loop down Portola Parkway between Culver and Jeffrey. The swim will take place in the high school’s pool,” said Pauley. “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’ve eliminated those elements to create an event where women feel comfortable competing.”
For more information, please log on 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 the students of the Irvine Unified School District. www.ipsf.net