Englewood YMCA triathlon set in motion

ENGLEWOOD — Mike Schyck, race and wellness director of the Englewood YMCA, has been going nonstop coming off organizing the 5K Doo Rag Run on May 11 and now preparing for the 14th annual Englewood YMCA Triathlon coming July 13.

“We’ve been planning (the triathlon) since September,” Schyck said. “We have an easy course at this triathlon compared to the runs.”

This is Schyck’s second year organizing the triathlon since taking over for former wellness director Terri Pretchl.

“We have 120 registered right now with four, five teams,” Schyck said. “Traditionally, we have 15 teams at the time of the event. About 10 percent this year (who registered) are first-time triathletes.”

According to Mischa Kirby, director of marketing at the South County Family YMCA, there are over 300 who participate on average at the triathlon which starts at Chadwick Park on 2100 N. Beach Road on Manasota Key.

“We got a mix of serious athletes and first-timers,” Kirby said. “We’ll have more people as they come. Typically, an individual will spend 10-12 weeks to train beforehand.”

Schyck said the majority of the participants will be attempting to do the entire triathlon by themselves.

The triathlon comprises a 400-meter swim, 13-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. Teams can divide responsibilities. Awards are presented five deep in each division, including standard five-year age groups (14 and under to 80 plus); Clydesdale and Athena (39 and under and 40 plus); Fat Tire (male and female); and Relay Teams (two or three people).

“We’re going to have a lot more prizes since the Doo Rag Run,” Kirby said. “We’ll have more certificates from stores, restaurants to massages.”

In light of any security concerns since the Boston Marathon bombings in April, Schyck said it’s business as usual.

“Not to say there aren’t any crazies, but we’re a little off the beaten path,” he said. “What happened (in Boston) was a little high profile.”

Some of the major sponsors include the Englewood Rotary Club and Florida Cancer Specialists. Athletes’ bags and check-in will be at Farlow’s on the Water on 2080 S. McCall Road in Englewood from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. July 12 where they will serve a complimentary pasta dinner for athletes. Athletes must RSVP for the dinner with their registration. Guests are $10 at the door. The race starts at 5:45 a.m. the following day.

Entry cost before June 1 is $70 for individuals and $140 for teams. After, it’s $80 for individuals and $160 for teams.

To register online, go to http://www.active.com .

For more information, visit http://www.engymca.org , or call 941-475-1234.



About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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