Mini (me) triathlon brings families together


August 24, 2017

Scott Schulte

Carter Perlinski takes off on his bike during the Mini (Me) Triathlon with his dad, Tony Perlinski.

There is nothing quite like spending a day swimming, biking and running with one's cousins. It often is those cousins, after all, who become a youngster's first close friends.

This may be one of the big reasons the Perlinski and Graesser families and their children (cousins) look forward to the annual Mini (Me) Triathlon. If nothing else, the two related families get to spend time together.

"This is the third year we have done this," said Andre Grasser. "This is something we can do as a family. It is a lot of fun."

Graesser's brother-in-law, Addison Perlinksi, agreed:

"The cousins like being together and this event gives them something to look forward to."

Shannon Perlinski said, "The kids all look forward to this all year. It has become a tradition with the cousins."

This is exactly what Recreation Director Sonja Fornstrom had in mind with the event, a low key way for families to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors.

"This is something for parents and their kids to do together," Fornstrom said.

Bill and Michael Shain have participated in the triathlon all four years as well.

The Mini Me Triathlon consists of a nine lap swim at the community pool. Then it is off on a 3.1 mile bike ride followed by a mile run.

The weather was perfect for the 2017 Mini (Me) Marathon, A perfect day of sun and a breeze to help the athletes along the way.

"We were fortunate with great weather," Fornstrom said.

In addition, Fornstrom noted the help by members of the pool staff. They assisted the marathon in numerous ways.

"We are very fortunate to have great young people to help us in an event like this,"

Along with helping in the setting up and taking down, the staff members also worked as lifeguards during the swimming portion of the marathon.

Each year the Mini (Me) Marathon has grown and Fornstrom hopes more people will show up next year.


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