Greenwich Emergency Medical Services is pleased to host the second annual GEMS Children’s Triathlon on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Greenwich High School. Triathlons will once again be a fun community event for local teens aged 6-14, promoting healthy and active lifestyles, building self-confidence and developing important life skills.
“In 2019, the first GEMS Children’s Triathlon received overwhelming community support and interest from over 125 participants,” said Tracy Schietinger, Executive Director of GEMS. “We are delighted to once again offer an activity that is both fun and physically challenging for children. Proceeds from this activity will support the lifesaving work we do at GEMS and raise much-needed funds to help replace or refurbish equipment, possibly even a new car ambulance.” While the GEMS Kids Tri has no ties to the Greenwich Kids Triathlon, which ended in 2016, the idea to bring the Kids Tri back to Greenwich stems from the popularity of the original event.
The GEMS Kids Tri will provide prizes, refreshments and entertainment for participants and their families. It’s an American triathlon-sanctioned event consisting of three events: swimming, cycling and running – in that order. Swimming will take place in the Greenwich High School (GHS) pool, cycling will take place in the GHS parking lot and around the school, and running will take place on the GHS playground. The competition starts on time at 8:00 am and competitors must be on site by 7:00 am. According to USAT, children must be 6 years old by December 31, 2022, and no older than 14 years old by December 31, 2022. This means that 5-year-olds can participate if they turn 6 in 2022, and the age cutoff does not include teens who turn 15 sometime in 2022. The registration deadline is June 10, and registration days are not available.
In addition to youth engagement, there are other ways to support the campaign and GEMS. “Volunteers are needed before and during a triathlon,” Tracy said. “More than 100 volunteers are needed to make sure the event runs smoothly.” You can register for specific volunteer positions on the GEMSKidsTri.org website. Positions range from course setup to check-in, racer marking/bib help to assist all stations. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, another way to support a triathlon.
As a non-profit organization, all Triathlon revenue will continue GEMS’ high-quality lifesaving services and help fund emergency vehicles and basic medical equipment. The mission of Greenwich Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) is to provide the highest level of pre-hospital emergency medical care to reduce the risk of death and disability from trauma and sudden illness. GEMS has 8 of 7 state-of-the-art ambulances operating 24/7 at four stations. From May 2020 to April 2021, GEMS responded to 5,399 calls and transported 3,250 patients, reaching all emergency calls in less than five minutes on average.
For more information on GEMS Kids Triathlon, visit www.gemskidstri.org or contact Pat O’Connor – 203-637-7505, [email protected].
For more information on Greenwich Emergency Medical Services, visit www.GreenwichEMS.org.