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Meek and Mighty Triathlon to Bolt Through Harrison

RYE, N.Y. - Westchester's shortened Meek and Mighty triathlon will return Sept. 24 as part of the 27th Annual Jarden Westchester Triathlon . The event includes a 300-yard swim, six-mile bike ride and a one-mile run.

The course is designed for triathlon rookies, including teenagers over 15 years old, seniors and others unable to pursue the training schedule required by longer-distance triathlons.

“This race offers a healthy goal, which a family can work together to achieve,” said Phil Gormley, chairman of the Westchester Triathlon Committee. “Crossing the finish line together is more than a physical accomplishment, it's a lasting memory.”

The Meek and Mighty debuted last year and attracted residents seeking personal challenges and goal achievements.

“If you're turning over a new leaf, trying to live healthier, or power through a midlife crisis, then set a goal to finish a triathlon like this,” Gormley said.

The event is open to anyone 15 years and older and will take place right after the Kid’s Triathlon for seven to 14-year-olds. On average, the course can be completed in less than two hours.

Participants must supply their own equipment, including a bicycle.

Registration fees are $50 per individual or $65 for relay teams. Tips for first-time triathletes as well as event details can be found on the Jarden Westchester Triathlon website at www.westchestertriathlon.org .

A Meek and Mighty training session is also available on Aug. 18 at 4:30 p.m.

The Jarden Westchester Triathlon annually hosts more than 1,200 amateur and professional triathletes. From its starting point at Rye Town Park, the Olympic-distance event includes a .9 mile swim in Long Island Sound, a 25-mile bicycle ride through scenic Westchester County and Greenwich, Conn., and a 6.2-mile run through parts of historic Playland Amusement Park and the streets of Rye.

All proceeds will be donated to the Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Rye YMCA, the “Mac Angels” foundation for ALS, the Challenged Athletes Foundation and The Wounded Warriors Project.

Will you be participating in this event? What is your personal goal? Share your story with us on Facebook and Twitter . E-mail town reporter Phil Corso at PCorso@TheDailyHarrison.com .

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