WOODRIDGE – Since the Woodridge Rotary Club's annual Mini Triathlon first stepped off 14 years ago, it has grown from around 60 participants to an estimated 1,000 participants.
As of late last week, 677 participants have signed up for this year's competition, and organizers expect there to be around 1,000 triathletes by the time registration closes.
The race helps support the community, showcases facilities that Woodridge has to offer and encourages volunteerism, according to Mike Adams, executive director of the Woodridge Park District, which helps run the event along with the Rotary Club.
"It really turns out to be a community pride type of event," Adams said.
The mini triathlon begins at 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at Cypress Cove Aquatic Park, 8301 Janes Ave. The event includes a 250-yard swim, a 10K bike ride and a two-mile run. Fees are $60 for individual participants and $35 per person for relay teams.
The race is open to all ages.
Children under 12 can take part in a 100-yard swim, a 5K bike ride and a one-mile run in the KiDs Event, which starts at 10:30 a.m. Fees for the Kids Event are $50 for individual participants and $25 per person for relay teams.
The Rotary Club will donate $5 for each registered competitor to one of six organizations, chosen by the athletes. Organizations include SEASPAR, Woodridge Community Pantry, Hope's Front Door, Beat Necessities Pediatric Cancer, DuPage Habitat for Humanity and Family Shelter Services. In addition to the $5 donations, net proceeds will be donated to other charitable causes, Adams said.
Sponsors also help make the event possible, according to Katy Rush, president of the Woodridge Rotary Club.
"The commitment by our local sponsors is critical to supporting the important work that Rotary does in the community," Rush said in a news release. "We have supported the volunteer efforts of many organizations in our community through the Mini Triathlon, and sponsorships help extend what we can do."
This year's sponsors include Bolingbrook Adventist Hospital, Wilton Brands, Illinois American Water, Girgis Orthodontics, Bridgeview Bank, Home Run Inn Pizza and Fifth Third Bank.
Adams said around 90 volunteers have signed up, but they are looking to have around 120 volunteers.
"I think it's for a giving cause, so, again, their volunteer contribution helps make the event successful, which in turn drives participation," Adams said, adding that higher participation will result in more donations to the charitable organizations.
For information on how to volunteer, visit www.woodridgerotary.org.
15th annual Mini Triathlon
• Race steps off at 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at Cypress Cove Aquatic Park, 8301 Janes Ave.
• Adult fees are $60 for individual participants and $35 per person for relay teams
• Children fees are $50 for individual participants and $25 per person for relay teams
• Registration closes at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14
• Race registration is available at www.woodridgerotary.org
Interested in helping out?
For volunteer information, visit shawurl.com/1bl8.