The 6th annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon had its largest turnout yet. On Sunday August 19, 325 kids participated in the race, 150 volunteers helped the event run smoothly, pancake breakfast was served to more than 500 and an estimated 1,000 people came to see what the buzz was all about! Our post-race event on Sportsman field had a record number of vendors and fun activities.
The only event of its kind in the area, the Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon was created in memory of Aine Phillips, encompassing the 3 things Aine loved to do all summer: swim, bike and run! The TRY-athlon is a race for all kids ages 4 to 15, no matter their athletic ability. It is an opportunity for kids to experience a race without the pressures of worrying if they can make the distances or not – we’ve designed it so that everyone is triumphant!
- Ages 4 -10 swim 25 yards, run 1⁄2 mile and bike 1 mile
- Ages 11 -15 swim 50 yards, run 1 mile and bike 2 miles
Proceeds from the event fund the Good Grief bereavement programs for children and teens that have suffered a significant loss. The growth of this event has allowed Friends of Aine to expand our grief support programs to reach more children and families in the greater Manchester area.
We think of this event as a tribute to Aine, as a fundraiser for Friends of Aine AND as an opportunity to get kids moving. We like to believe that the race is helping kids help themselves, while at the same time helping other kids. It’s a win-win!!
This event would not be possible without the support of our community and generosity of our sponsors. Thank you to the 2018 Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon Sponsors:
Ann Marie & Bob Reardon
Apple Therapy Services
AutoFair Honda in Manchester
Bedford Mens Club
Bedford Youth Football and Cheer Bulldogs Bellwether Community Credit Union Catholic Medical Center
Dovetail Dental Associates
Elliot Hospital and Health System
146 Lowell Street, Manchester, NH 03104 • 603-669-1120 • [email protected]
LAER Realty Partners Beauchemin & Associates Liberty International Trucks of New Hampshire Merchants Fleet Management
New Hampshire Magazine
New Morning Schools
Northeast Delta Dental
Page Street Storage Leasing
Parenting NH Magazine
People’s United Bank
Primrose School at Bedford Hills
SNG Barratt USA
Southern New Hampshire Montessori Academy Summit Title Services, LLC
Robert A. Dawkins, CPA
Rothwangl Dental Care, PLLC
Thank you to the vendors that donated or discounted services to support us and make the event fun for everyone involved: Jo Smith of Headshots Photography, Dan’s Balloons, Executive Health and Sports Center, Kona Ice Truck and Hannaford for the pancake breakfast.
Thank you to all of the racers, spectators and volunteers that make our event a success. An extra shout out to the young volunteer groups that come together to support our racers each year: Bedford High Crew Team, Bedford High Football Team and Aine’s friends from the class of 2020.
And of course, thanks to our friends at Millennium Running for helping to create such an amazing experience for our young TRY-athletes.
As we prepare for our 2019 event, sponsors, volunteers and donations are always needed and are gratefully accepted. For more information, contact us at 603-669-1120 or [email protected]