Marsh column: The Buck Hurley Triathlon is not only for adults

  • Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 12:41 a.m.

SALISBURY — In last week’s column, I mentioned how to get ready for the Buck Hurley Triathlon in the sprint distance (300-yard swim, 10-mile bike, 5K run). This week I will be talking about the kid’s distances. We accept any age for the sprint for children who are able to handle that distance. The youngest we have had in the past for the sprint distance was 9 years old.

I love all of these events because it is a caring community coming together and for me, the race director, a humbling and very rewarding experience.

Besides the sprint distance, we have three kid’s races on that same day Sunday May 5.

9-11 year olds: This event will be timed by Salisbury Rowan Runners. It includes a 100-yard swim (4 lengths in the pool), 2-mile bike and 1- mile run. Parents can not assist their children in the transition area. They can ride or run beside their child but can not touch or help them in any other way than encouragement.

7-8 year olds: This event also will be timed by Salisbury Rowan Runners. It includes a 50-yard swim (2 lengths in the pool), 1-mile bike and a half-mile run. Same rules for the parents as the 9-11 year olds.

The 7-11 year olds bike and run courses are off YMCA property but filled with volunteers, Salisbury Fire Department, Locke Fire Department and Salisbury Police Department.

Up to 6 years old: This event is not timed and parents are allowed to help in any way (swim in the pool, help them in transition, etc) 25-yard swim (one length), half-mile bike (on track) and mile run, also on YMCA property.

These three triathlons are a great way to get your child interested in 3 different events — swimming, biking and running. What a great way to be healthy.

Cost for sprint (full triathlon) is $55 by April 20, after that, it is $65 until 6 p.m., Saturday, May 4 (no race day registration for any races). Kids 7-11 are $25 by April 20 and $35 after. Kids up to 6 years old are $15 by April 20 and $25 after. You can sign up at the YMCA or go online to

If you are competing as a family, or you as a parent need child care, there is free child care available for participating athletes. You have to pre- register them in child care and they will be right at the finish line so they can see you finish.

All proceeds of the Buck Hurley Triathlon will support the YMCA’s Families in need. This triathlon, which is presented by Bill and Shari Graham, is part of our Annual Giving Campaign.

Regardless of a family’s or individual’s ability to afford a YMCA membership and services the YMCA provides, such as swimming lessons, after school care and youth sports, nobody will be turned away due to the inability to pay. Our annual giving campaign and this triathlon will help fund the children, older adults and families in need.

If you are interested in donating to this great cause, please contact Laurie Ward at 704-216-9622 or email her at

If you are interested in volunteering for this event or have any questions, please contact me at 704-636-0111 ext 212 or email me at

Are you ready to “buck up”?

Ester H Marsh ACSMP Cpt Health and Fitness Director JF Hurley Family YMCA

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