Triathlon to Benefit YMCA, Harmony House
Athletes looking to put their bodies to the test and help two good causes will have their chance to do so on Sept. 8.
The Wheeling YMCA/Harmony House Triathlon is slated to kick off at 7 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Y, located at 55 Lounez Ave. It will include a 400-meter swim in the Y pool, which is equal to 16 laps or 32 lengths; a 20K bicycle ride; and a 5K run. Those who can’t or don’t like to swim can still compete in the swim portion by staying in the water for 12 minutes.
Volunteers also will help racers in transition periods. For example, bikes will be handed to participants to make the transition smoother during the race.
Organizer Ron Woloshan said the event commemorates the first triathlon held in Wheeling 30 years ago. He noted the Y triathlon was not only the first to be held in West Virginia, but the first in the Tri-State region.
Harmony House is a child advocacy center that serves child victims of crime, non-offending family members and special needs adults that have been abused.
The Y serves children with afterschool and summertime daycare and food programs.
Woloshan, along with fellow organizers Lance Tarr and Mike Hudimac, all of Wheeling, participated in the first Wheeling YMCA Triathlon in 1983. He anticipates at least half of the original participants will take part in this year’s event.
The proceeds will be split evenly between the two organizations. Tarr, who serves on the Harmony House board, said the money will be helpful because available grant funding has declined during the past decade.
“This will help replace grants that we have lost,” Tarr said.
Woloshan said in addition to serving as daycare center for children, those who work at the Y also serve as advocates for children.
“They’ve become a safe haven for so many kids,” Woloshan said. “No one could ever say enough about what the Y has done for kids.”
The entry fee for a Y member is $55, while it costs $65 for non-members. The charge for a team is $105.
Also offered will be commemorative T-shirts, aid station support and refreshments, along with post race food and beverages. A dinner for original YMCA triathlon participants is being planned for Sept. 7.