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A Family Affair

Oldham County’s Larimores
take competition seriously

They will take part in upcoming
triathlon for fourth year

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

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 year’s Oldham County Parks and Recreation’s 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

Photo provided

The 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 year’s 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 you’re a beginner,” he said, because of the shorter challenges.
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.
“It’s 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 & Recreation’s Mini-Triathlon is “nice to do with your kids. It’s 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 don’t 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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