There were more than 100 children at Saturday’s I Can Tri event during the Healthy Kids Day at the Greater Glenville YMCA — and even more proud parents cheering them on.
Samantha Ludwig of Burnt Hills was one of them.
“I am so proud of you,” she told her 5-year-old son, Atticus Marvin, after he climbed out of the pool wearing a yellow life jacket and blue swim trunks. “You just did two laps! You’ve never done that before! You were awesome!”
After swimming 50 yards, little Atticus still had to complete in the bicycling and running portion of the triathlon. As his mother dried him off, Atticus tried to come up with his favorite part of the swim.
“That I came in first place?” he said.
That would have been quite the accomplishment for Atticus, who was competing against the “big kids,” ages 5 through 8, after swimming in the kiddie pool with 3- and 4-year-olds last year, his mother said.
“In my book he did,” said Ludwig, who used to compete in triathlons and is running in today’s Cherry Blossom 5K in Niskayuna. “You came in first in my book.”
About 30 volunteers helped make the event a “big success” in its second year, said Glenville YMCA Childcare Director Jennifer Bradt.
In addition to helping on Saturday, volunteers planned the event all year and prepared for it every day this week.
“It’s a volunteer-run event,” she said.
With 109 children registered, the attendance surpassed that of last year, when it was capped at 85 kids.
The noncompetitive triathlon is for youngsters ages 3 to 10.
“It’s fantastic to see the smiles on their faces,” Bradt said. “They’re having a blast, and that’s what counts.”
Up on the hill behind the YMCA, two Stuhlman siblings — Jack, 8, and Tessa, 6 — enjoyed a healthy snack of yogurt, crackers and fruit juice. They had just run out the final laps of the triathlon, and Tessa was hoping for another reward.
“Now we have to go to Stewart's and get an ice cream sandwich!” the Ballston Lake girl said.
Their mom, Kate Carney, said she liked the event because “it’s not crazy competitive.”
Their dad, Joe Stuhlman, agreed. “It’s just a great event to have fun and be healthy,” he said.