BY ANDREW SMITH
THE MINTO EXPRESS
HARRISTON – The sun was shining for a new event at the Harriston Kinsmen Pool on Saturday, with proceeds going to make the pool a safer place for everyone.
Lifeguards Kelsey Hollinger and Genevieve Douglas said they’ve normally organized a Jump-a-thon at the Harriston pool as a fundraiser, but this year they introduced a new Try-a-triathlon event as a way to get kids more active.
“This year we decided to promote a healthy lifestyle and do the triathlon for the kids,” Hollinger said.
About 40 kids turned out for the event, which had participants biking, running and swimming different distances based on their age category. According to Hollinger, they accepted the challenge head on.
“They did it pretty quickly, we were surprised,” Hollinger said. “We thought the swimming would take a little longer than it did.”
The money raised by the Try-a-triathlon event will go towards purchasing new life jackets for the pool.
“Some of them don’t fit the kids, so we need to get a medium sized life jacket,” Douglas said.
With the Civic Holiday weekend making it busy for families, both Hollinger and Douglas are hoping for a larger turn-out when the event runs next year.
“We were hoping for a few more kids,” Douglas said. “It will probably grow in popularity,” Hollinger added.