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North Park hosting kids triathlon to benefit Habitat for Humanity

| Sunday, July 1, 2018, 8:47 p.m.

The 18th annual Kids Triathlon to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh will be held at 8 a.m. Aug. 4 at the North Park pool on South Ridge Drive in Allison Park. It is open to children ages 7 to 15.

It will be preceded by the organization's South Park kids triathlon July 21 for ages 7 to 12, said Stephen Hart, race coordinator. Participants will compete in a swimming, biking and running race.

The race has helped raise more than $900,000 for the Pittsburgh Habitat organization, according to Hart.

“Habitat Pittsburgh's annual Kids Triathlon Series provides a fun, healthy activity for kids in the summertime, while helping to raise funds for Habitat Pittsburgh's homeownership and home repair programs,” said Hart, who is also development and technology specialist for the organization.

At the North Park event, kids ages 7 to 9 will swim 50 meters, bike 1.5 miles and run a half mile. Ages 10 through 12 will swim 100 meters, bike 2.4 miles, and run 1 mile. Ages 13 through 15 will swim 400 meters, bike 7 miles and run 2 miles.

The cost is $35.

“It is important for donors to know that an investment in Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh will allow us to continue the great work of providing families an opportunity to own an affordable home,” said Michelle Morgan, director of homeowner services for Pittsburgh's Habitat for Humanity.

She said each family served is required to complete a minimum of 350 hours of “sweat equity,” which includes 30 hours of financial literacy and home ownership education training.

“Habitat Pittsburgh has a proven model of success and our partner families are not given a ‘handout,' but a ‘hand up' to become self-sufficient and productive members in their communities,” Morgan said.

Morgan said a current partner family who lost a home to a fire said that they learned a great deal from working alongside volunteers building their new home, calling the experience “life-changing.” If it wasn't for the Greater Habitat for Humanity, they didn't know if they would be able to have another home.

Hart said the organization just finished four homes in the Duquesne and have broken ground on a new home development in Homewood.

“This year we hope to raise over $50,000 between sponsorship and athlete registration and fundraising,” he said.

An opportunity to fundraise online is available through kidstriathlon.org, or on paper, with top fundraisers announced a week after the race. Top three individual fundraisers will receive gift cards from Pro Bike + Run.

Athletes will receive a shirt to tie-dye and a medal, according to the race website.

Trophies will be awarded to the top three girl and boy finishers in each age bracket.

A pre-race information meeting is scheduled for participants and parents at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at at North Park pool, according to the triathlon website.

For details or to signup, go to www.kidstriathlon.org.

Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.

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