Tucson J to host Arizona’s only Splash & Dash Aquathon for Youth

The Tucson Jewish Community Center is proud to host the only USA Triathlon Splash & Dash Youth Aquathon in the State of Arizona and in the Southwest, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. Tucson is one of 45 cities across the United States designated to host the special event created by the USA Triathlon, whose aim is to introduce youth across the nation to the multisport lifestyle.

What is a Splash and Dash? It is a fun and fast-growing sport that combines running and swimming. The run can take place on a trail, a road or a path. Similarly, the swim can take place in any body of water – a pool, a reservoir, or an ocean. The USA Triathlon’s Youth Splash and Dash Aquathlon Series will feature a swim/run combination. With a focus on participation and fun, this event will be a timed event for the young competitors.

The event at the Tucson J starts at 7 am on Sunday the 16th and will include participants ages 7-15. Athletes in the age group 7-10 will cover a 100-yard swim and a 1-kilometer run, while athletes ages 11-15 will complete a 200-yard swim and a 2k run. To register, visit tucsonjcc.org. Registration is open to all. The cost is $30. Deadline to register is Aug. 15, 2015.

The Tucson J has partnered with local Tucsonan USA Triathlon Level I Coach Robin Kremer, an exercise physiologist and experienced triathlete. Robin is a principle owner of Excell Tri Coaching and iTri Tucson Center at Fitworks in downtown Tucson.

“I feel I have started laying the foundation of our future, with the partnership with the Tucson J on the Youth Triathlon Team, the USAT Splash and Dash and opening the iTri Tucson Center at Fitworks in downtown Tucson for adult beginners,” says Robin. “Both programs focus on the future of the sport and how I can help the youth and adults to reach their dreams.”

Robin began coaching in high school when she assisted the Erie Aquatics Swimming Team in 1985. She has been a swimmer all of her life, starting out on the Erie Aquatics Swimming Team in 1975 and continuing through high school. After high school, she switched to teaching swim lessons at the local YMCA, while attending college at the University of Toledo. Her coaching passion continued through college and well beyond college years with instructing and coaching in Florida at local YMCAs.

Robin career path was in the spa industry, where she managed luxury spas for more than 19 years. In 2013 she retired to launch a new career in the Triathlon. “The career change is to help ‘Tri it Forward,’” she explains.

USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for Triathlon, as well as Duathlon, Aquathlon, Aquabike, Winter Triathlon, Off-road Triathlon and Paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

For a complete list of all USAT Splash and Dash events around the country, visit atriathlon.org/splashanddash.

Tucson JCC (The Tucson J) employs more than 200 people on its 100,000-square-foot campus. For more than 60 years the The Tucson J has provided a warm and welcoming environment for various groups from the entire community. There are boundless opportunities to balance your physical, mental and emotional self. The J has something for everyone including a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center, cultural arts programs, early childhood education enrichment programs, a wide variety of adult classes, sculpture garden and rotating art gallery showcasing the work of local artists.

The Tucson J appreciates the support from Bear Essential News as a media sponsor and TriSports as a in-kind sponsor for this event!

Tucson J: 3800 E River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 | 520-299-3000| www.tucsonjcc.org

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