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Woodridge Rotary gives back to charities with mini triathlon

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 11:17 a.m. CDT

The Rotary Club of Woodridge is finalizing plans for its 14th annual Mini Triathlon, identified as Chicagoland’s largest mini triathlon.

The Woodridge Rotary, in partnership with the Woodridge Park District, village of Woodridge and sponsor Fifth Third Bank, are excited this year to dedicate a portion of the net proceeds generated from the event to go toward needy charities.

In the spirit of fulfilling Rotary’s mission to provide service to others, the club will donate $5 to each of six different charities as selected by each registrant. The charitable organizations one can choose from are: the South East Association for Special Parks & Recreation (SEAPAR), Woodridge Community Resource Center (CRC), DuPage Habitat for Humanity, Family Shelter Service, West Suburban Community Pantry and Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer.

What better way to change lives than to combine forces with these organizations to promote healthy living through a challenging fitness event for people of all abilities, ages, shapes and sizes, and to raise funds at the same time to improve the lives for those in need.

The Main Event (7 a.m.) and KiDs Events (10:30 a.m.) will take place on Sunday, Aug. 18 at the Woodridge Park District’s award winning Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park, 8301 S. Janes Ave.

The club expects over 1,500 athletes, volunteers and spectators to participate in this year’s event. The mini triathlon event is geared toward athletes of all abilities, age, shapes and sizes.

Whether you are a rookie triathlete, a seasoned veteran in training, bored 5k runner or a weekend warrior, this event is the perfect event for you.

Athletes, volunteers and spectators who want to find out more about the event can access details at the Woodridge Rotary’s website at woodridgerotary.org under the “Mini Triathlon” tab.

Help support these charities that give so much to those in need in our community by registering for the event or become one of the 120-plus satisfied volunteers.

Mike Adams is executive director of the Woodridge Park District.

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