PEISAA triathlon set for Monday in Summerside

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Ninety-six students will be swimming, biking and running Monday in Summerside.

The first wave of athletes will hit the Credit Union Place pool at 10 a.m. for the third annual Prince Edward Island School Athletic Association Triton Triathlon.

C.J. Studer, athletic director at Athena Consolidated School in Summerside, said the students are from 13 schools from Tignish to Souris.

“For us, the main idea of our triathlon is just an introduction to what a triathlon is,” he said. “There’s no banners, there’s no trophies.”

He said the goal is for students to do their best and have fun.

“At the end, we give you a T-shirt and a high-five and a way we go,” he added.

The bantams will do a 200-metre swim, 10 kilometres on the bike and a 1.5-kilometre run.

The midgets will swim 250 metres, bike 10 kilometres and run 2.7 kilometres.

The seniors swim 300 metres, bike 14 kilometres and run 2.7 kilometres.

The bike portion begins at the boardwalk while the run takes place along the Confederation Trail.

Prince Edward Island has one of the few school boards with a triathlon. Studer said Triathlon P.E.I. has been a big help for organizers.

“We have an army of volunteers,” he added. “We have students, parents and teachers and we couldn’t do it without them.”

Organizations: Credit Union Place, Prince Edward Island School Athletic Association Triton Triathlon, Athena Consolidated School

Geographic location: Summerside, Tignish, Confederation Trail.Prince Edward Island

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