take competition seriously
will take part in upcoming
triathlon for fourth year
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (September 2010) For some,
the third time is the charm. Jennifer Larimore and her family will see
if this old adage holds true for them as they compete in this years
Oldham County Parks and Recreations Mini-Triathlon.
For the last three years, Larimore and members of her family have competed
in this athletic competition as a team. The event consists of a 400-meter
pool swim, a 10-mile bike ride and a 3K run on grass and crushed limestone.
Larimore family are (front
row from left) Mason and Grant
Larimore; (back row from left)
Devin Brierly and Jennifer Larimore.
Larimore and her family will divide the tasks up with
Larimore tackling the 10-mile bike ride, her husband, Greg, attempting
the 3K run and her 14-year-old daughter, Mason, swimming 400 meters
in the pool. A son, Grant, 11, will compete with two of his baseball
buddies on a different team. Another daughter, Devin Brierly, 20, has
competed in the Mini-Triathlon in the past.
Larimore, 42, said she has the longest leg of the competition on a course
that is hilly and challenging. When attempting their first
mini-triathlon, we just wanted to see if we could do it.
From that experience, we caught the bug.
Both she and her husband run on a regular basis, said Larimore, and
the family is involved in activities such as softball and volleyball
through Oldham County Parks and Recreation. Larimore competed in the
Oldham County Duathlon, a run-bike-run competition, in June and placed
second in her age group.
The Mini-Triathlon will take place Sept. 11 at Wendell Moore Park in
Buckner. The first swimmer will enter the water at 7:30 a.m., said Gary
Parsons, Assistant Director and Program Director for Oldham County Parks
and Recreation. The deadline to enter was Aug. 26.
This is the 10th anniversary for the Mini-Triathlon. In addition to
the park system, two sponsors for this years race include Crestwood
Chiropractic and Bluegrass Bicycles.
Parsons said there are a lot of local participants, but quite a few
from out of the area and other states, too. This competition is good
to do if youre a beginner, he said, because of the shorter
Trophies are awarded for the overall male and female winners. Plaques
will be given in 28 different age groups. Categories are for individual
men and women, and teams of three.
Its a good event to have, because triathlons are extremely
popular, said Parsons. The registration fee is $45 for members
of the USAT (USA Triathlon) and $55 for non-members. This fee gives
the athletes one-day insurance protection.
This Mini-Triathlon is a sanctioned event by the USAT, which means participants
can have points added to other events they may compete in, such as the
Ford Ironman Triathlon, said Parsons.
The Oldham County Parks & Recreations Mini-Triathlon is nice
to do with your kids. Its not too competitive, said Larimore.
She also likes the camaraderie between the athletes. Knowing a lot of
the participants, you can cheer the other person on because everyone
starts at a different time period. And you can see different legs of
the race at different points.
Larimore encourages individuals to come out and watch the Mini-Triathlon,
even if they dont want to compete. Everybody needs support.
Three legs of a race might be overwhelming for some people.
For more information, contact Oldham County
Parks & Recreation at (502) 225-0655.
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