Ladies, step right up. It is your time to shine. Time to take center stage. And no men need apply.
The YWCA is gearing up for the ninth annual running of the Ladies’ Sprint Triathlon on June 29.
If you have never tried this one, women, you really are missing out. This event is an incredible celebration of conviction and the fortitude of our local female athletes. It is also a testament to the giving spirit of these athletes who push against each other to greater achievements and at precisely the same time support each other with a genuine issue.
Men, we really can’t connect.
Just ask Tara Neff, the race director of the event and the fitness director at the YWCA. Neff said that at the recent Race Against Racism of the YWCA, nearly 75 percent of the serious runners at the starting line were girls. When it came to crossing the finish line, yet, just one in four were girls.
“It mightn’t be honest, but it’s a fact,” said Neff. “With equal training, guys run faster than girls. And swim. And cycle faster.
“It can be really frustrating to a female runner to keep getting passed by guys,” Neff added. “The Y Tri is a girls-only event that takes that frustration entirely out of the equation.”
Men can play a part only, although at the Y Tri as volunteers. Men giving the women a cup of water and will be encouraging them on, but we shall not compete against them.
As for the big day, it is full of alternatives. The main event is the Sprint Triathlon, which is constituted of a 500-yard swim, a 15-mile bike leg and a 5K run.
The Super Sprint has the same length swim and run, but comprises a 24-mile bike loop.
A duathlon choice is also, which sandwiches a pair of 5K runs around a 15-mile bike leg. Finally, is going to be a 5K race that is stand alone for the very first time.
The event will happen at the Grumbacher Sports and Fitness Center of York College.
For more info, contact Neff at email@example.com or 845 2631 (ext. 131).
Around the roads
SHOE HOUSE 5-MILER SERIES >> This three-event series put on by U.S. Road Running kicked off Saturday in York, and race organizer Toni Arbogast was excited to report a sound turnout.
“The three had 150 runners of all ages, sizes and shapes. Jason from Seltzer’s Smokehouse grilled up garlic and sweet Lebanon bologna and served it. The runners adored the day, the run and the sandwiches.”
Brady Wilt, 17, was the overall winner, finishing in 30:37. Lauren Finn, 39, was the women’s winner in 34:19.
Wilt was followed by Anthony Wallick, 23. John Walton, 32, was third in 31:18.
Michelle Gruger, 37, was the runner up for the ladies while Sarah Wolfe, 35, was third.
Each race starts and ends at YTI Career Institute, 1405 Williams Road in York, and race time is consistently 7 a.m. The path will be the same for every race.
U.S. Road Running will host another special occasion June 28. The Summer Luau 5K/10K will take place . The entry fee is on race day, or in advance. See usroadrunning.com or contact Toni Arbogast at 266-2227 for more information.
The race attracted a solid turnout.
Adam Murak was the overall winner, clocking a time of 19:09, while Aimee Taylor was the women’s champ in 22:21.
Colin Russell was the runner up for the men (19:30), edging Peter Wagner (19:34).
Gredda Schreffler set second for the girls in 23:10, ahead of Sherry Riley (23:15).
This race is a 4.5-mile team run, and teams will be picked at random before the race.
Runners will meet at the parking lot near the intersection of Impounding and Toll Gate Dam roads. Series details are available at sprrhanover.org, or you may contact Jim Roller at 632-1433 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. E-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Runners will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, and the 24-hour event closes at 4 p.m. Saturday. The event plans to raise money for the Southern York County Region and raise community awareness of services and the programs provided by the American Cancer Society.
Teams are made of eight to 15 individuals with a minumum of one team member running or walking the track at all times, and this year a record 21 teams are signed up. Contact Richelle Horn at 846 2561 or Richelle.Horn@cancer.org for more details or to offer.
The only requirements to compete are that an athlete is 50 years old or older and a resident of York County.
The first occasion, a 5K on the track, starts at 8 a.m.
The price is $15 for the entire meet. Programs can be picked up at Flying Feet Sport Shoes or by telephoning the York County Agency on Aging at 771-9001. Athletes can also register the morning of the meet. Call Pete Klotz at 845 2856 for additional information.
Contact Mulcahy at 676-2245 or email@example.com for more details.
DOUBLE CREEK TOUR >> This event took place Saturday, and it was the kickoff race of the 2014 WellSpan Sports Medicine Running Series, a seven-event series that will conclude in October. Runners could pick from a half marathon, a 5K or a 1 -mile fun run, and results will be posted once they’re available. For now, if you’d like more info about the WellSpan Sports Medicine Running Series, visit yhrunningseries.com.
YAMBA OCCASIONS >> The York Region Mountain Biking Association has partnered with Gung Ho Bikes in York to offer beginner rides at 6 p.m. each Wednesday. Anyone is welcome to attend, no one is left behind and all rides have a leader. Follow YAMBA’s activities on Facebook or check out yamba.org for more information. If interested in becoming a member, the fee is for a family and for somebody. Contact Dan Walko at 434-3409 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.