|Participants at a previous Lincolnia community triathlon.|
Bring the family together for fitness and fun Sept. 19 at the Lincolnia Park Recreation Club, while supporting a good cause.
The community is hosting a triathlon followed by a Family Festival to raise money for disadvantaged children in Annandale and Kenya. The triathlon starts at the Lincolnia Park pool, 6501 Montrose St., Alexandria.
|A class under a mango tree at the Kisima Academy.|
There are three separate races for different age groups:
- The Super Sprint, for ages 12 and up, consists of a 150-meter swim in the pool, six-mile bike ride, and 1.5-mile run. It starts at 8 a.m. Registration is $50.
- The Kids Tri, for ages 6-11 is $35 and starts at 9 a.m.. It includes a 50-meter swim, one-mile bike ride, and 0.7-mile swim.
- Stroll and Roll, $30, a 1.5 mile run for parents with little ones, It starts at 10 a.m.
Registration for all the races includes a race t-shirt and entry to the Family Festival. There will be prizes for the winners. Participants can register online.
The Family Festival, opening at 11 a.m., will have a moon bounce, carnival games, pony rides, food, beer, and ice cream.
The Lincolnia community had its first festival last year and has held smaller triathlons on and off in the past. This is the first time it’s combining both events in one day, says organizer Bonnie Lefbom.
Proceeds will benefit two projects aided by Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA): the Kisima Academy, a school and orphanage in Kenya, and the Child Development Center in Annandale.
When the Kisima Academy was established in 2006, by a Kenyan couple, it consisted of three mud huts with no electricity or running water. Volunteers and donors have added a classroom a year. The school now serves 275 students, ages 4-14, including 125 orphans.
Funds for the Kisima Academy are donated through a local charity called For the Kids International. Lefbom visits every year along with other members of John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Annandale, bringing supplies, clothing, laptops, and recreational equipment like jump ropes and balls for the children.