Lake Central to host second triathlon Saturday
By Josh Lichtenfeld Post-Tribune correspondent May 9, 2013 11:16PM
Updated: June 11, 2013 4:35PM
With Saturday’s second running of the Lake Central Triathlon, the goal is coming to life for Todd Smolinski and his swimming program.
The head coach for the Indians’ boys and girls squads began the event, with his assistants, as a way to have an annual fundraiser that draws attention to the school, the community and to fitness. Something that also helps supplement the costs for operating Indians swimming.
“Definitely this is something I’m passionate about,” said the former Indians standout and collegiate swimmer who now competes in triathlons. “It’s great, too, for a fundraiser as a whole.”
In last year’s running, there were 74 finishers. And tying into the idea of promoting high school swimming, former high school swimmer and region triathlon standout Chris Wickard took the first title. According to Smolinski, Wickard isn’t among the list of registered performers for the 8 a.m. start time, but he recognizes some of the other names in the field. Smolinski is anticipating a turnout this time in the 80s, with the ability for those interested to still sign up on race day. The registration fee is set at $50 and there will be awards for male and female age group winners (the age range is 14 and up) and for teams.
“I know that there’s some talented individuals that’ll be here, so it’s pretty exciting,” he said before adding, “It kind of encompasses everybody, it’s a great introduction for a new person to try.”
The first leg begins with a 300-meter swim in the waters of the LC pool, then the athletes will transition to a bike portion that’s just under 12 miles, before finishing up with a 2.5-mile running course. While the portion in the pool is similar to 2012’s race, modifications have been made to the other two legs to ensure more safety on the bike portion and to accommodate some construction on the cross country path for runners.
For Smolinski, putting in the extra preparation has been made a bit easier from his helpers. Along with his coaching staff and student athletes, parents have also stepped in to make things function more smoothly.
“It definitely is stressful, it’s hard, but I definitely have great assistant coaches and parent help,” he said.