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ET Batavia Triathlon to offer children's events; traffic affected

Races to mark 15th year

The Batavia Park District will sponsor the ET Batavia Triathlon’s Youth Splash and Dash (shown) and Kid’s Dash on June 10. [Swipe left to see additional photo.]
The Batavia Park District will sponsor the ET Batavia Triathlon’s Youth Splash and Dash (shown) and Kid’s Dash on June 10. [Swipe left to see additional photo.]

BATAVIA – The Batavia Park District will sponsor both the ET Batavia Triathlon’s Youth Splash and Dash and Kid’s Dash on June 10. The adult triathlon will entail traffic delays.

The Splash and Dash combines running and swimming, with the run on the Fox River Trail in downtown Batavia and the swim at Harold Hall Quarry Beach, 400 S. River St., Batavia, according to a news release.

The event will start after the adult triathlon and duathlon athletes have completed the bike portion of the race.

The transition area reopens at 8 a.m. for the Splash and Dash, and the race begins about 8:30 a.m. The race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon, and there are distance options for ages 7 to 15. The fee is $20.

“The focus is on participation rather than competition,” Joe LoPresto, race director and coach, stated in the release. “It’s an excellent way to expose and educate youth to the multisport lifestyle, all while being involved in a fun, exciting and safe atmosphere.”

The Kid’s Dash offers an opportunity for children ages 3 to 8 to run in a noncompetitive event and receive a finisher’s medal and cookie. It will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the finish line area at the Batavia VFW, 645 S. River St., Batavia. The event fee is $5.

The ET Batavia Triathlon is made possible by more than 150 volunteers on the day of the race, and additional volunteers are welcome. For information or to register for any of the ET Batavia Triathlon races, visit bataviatriathlon.org.

Traffic delays
The ET Batavia Triathlon begins at 6:30 a.m. June 10 and ends at about 10 a.m. It will include a swim, 14-mile bike ride and 4-mile run. It is described as an open road event, in which participants share the roadway with the motoring public, according to a news release from the Batavia Police Department.
Police advise motorists to use caution and be prepared to encounter increased bicycle traffic until 9 a.m. on Route 31, First Street, West Wilson Street, Randall Road, Main Street, Bliss Road, Seavey Road, Deerpath Road and Nelson Lake Road. There will be a number of temporary road blocks and traffic interruptions through the west side of Batavia, including the intersections of Route 31/First Street; First/South Van Nortwick Avenue; West Wilson Street/Van Nortwick; West Wilson/Randall Road; Wilson/Deerpath Road; Deerpath/Main Street; and westbound Main to Bliss Road out of the city limits.
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