Sharon McCobb, a coach with I-Tri, an organization for at-risk adolescent girls, will lead a free triathlon-training event for those 17 and up on Sunday at Maidstone Park in Springs, beginning at 2 p.m. Ms. McCobb will provide tips and techniques for runners, particularly those planning to participate in I-Tri’s upcoming Turbo Tri race.
The Turbo Tri, a mini-triathlon, will include a 300-yard bay swim, a 7-mile bike ride, and a 1.5-mile run. I-Tri hopes to raise $25,000 from the race through sponsorship and admission fees. Registration for Turbo Tri, which can be done online at www.itrigirls.com, is $100 and includes a swim cap, T-shirt, and dinner at an after-race party.
Girls from I-Tri will follow the same course at the Maidstone Park Youth Triathlon later in the summer.
Founded two years ago at the Springs School by Theresa Roden, a parent, and expanded this year to the Montauk School, I-Tri offers girls an opportunity to gain self-confidence and leadership skills through the sport of triathlon. The program combines weekly group lessons, focused on self-esteem building and other skills, along with a variety of fitness activities, training, and nutrition education for the entire family.