It’s Time: Grab your running shoes, bikes, and swim gear for this year’s Chestnut Forks Sprint Triathlon
This year marks the sixth year for this annual sprint triathlon which benefits the Fauquier SPCA. If you have the stamina, compete solo on this event, or encourage family, friends and children to get involved in an activity that is healthy and fun – and supports a great cause. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 9. Chip Maloney’s (founder of Chestnut Forks) mother started the Fauquier SPCA in her backyard in the 1970s. Ever since, the family has been an avid supporter of the nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting animals in need.
The first year the sprint triathlon launched, there were a handful of people from Chestnut Forks involved, including Langdon Johnston, who is their director of fitness. She shared, “I started the sprint triathlon six years ago for a group of women that had finished an eight week weight loss challenge, and I wanted to show them that anything is possible…including competing and finishing a sprint triathlon. One of the girls thought it would be a great idea to raise money for a cause. And so there it began.”
The inaugural event was much different than it is today. Johnston shared, “The timing was completed by hand and we gave the money to the Northern Therapeutic Riding Center in Clifton. After that first year, we decided to hire a timing company and select a nonprofit closer to home; hence the reason we soley donate to Fauquier SPCA.” Although Maloney attends the event each year, he relies on others to plan and execute the annual triathlon. “He is extremely supportive of me as the director to do as I see necessary,” explained Johnston.
Kim Sieber, director of operations, shared, “It is exciting to see how this event brings together our community, friends, and family not only for their physical well being, but to support a great organization – the Fauquier SPCA.”
This year the Chestnut Fork Sprint Triathlon is hoping to register at least 100 athletes (or 200 teams). The event will feature Haymarket Bicycles on premises to perform safety checks on the bikes prior to the start of the race. The top sponsors for this year’s event include: Appleton Campbell, Country Chevrolet, and Jiffy Lube. Other sponsors include: Great Harvest, Clovercroft Farm, The Running Store, Leading Edge, and Wegmans.
Additionally, this event is sanctioned by the USA Triathlon, and organizations such as RaceWire, Race Entry, and Ed’s Awards are all supporting this event by supplying awards, timing, and registration services.
This sprint event will include a 300 meter swim at Chestnut Forks outdoor pool, a 12.8 mile bike ride through Warrenton’s countryside, and a 5K run through the Warrenton Lakes residential development.
In the past, this event has raised as much as $3,000 to support the SPCA and this year, Chestnut Forks is hoping to raise at least $5,000. Everyone participating in this year’s event will receive a t-shirt, and medals will be awarded, as will gift card prizes to The Running Store, to the top finishers.
Registration is open now and will remain open until a week prior to the event. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or to register visit www.sprinttriathlonchestnutforks.com.
Saturday, June 9 ~ Sprint Triathlon Registration Information
Interested participants should register online at www.sprinttriathlonchestnutforks.com.
Location of event: Chestnut Forks pool.
Check in: All participants must be registered and registration/check-in table opens at 7:00 a.m.
Practice swim: Begins at 7:15 a.m.
Race meeting place: Chestnut Forks parking lot
Parking information: Visit the website for updated information closer to day of the event.
Proceeds to Benefit the Fauquier SPCA
“A private, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing a temporary refuge for stray, homeless and abandoned animals and to place such animal in a caring, appropriate home whenever possible. Educating the public about the benefits of spaying and neutering is also an extremely important part of our mission” ~ www.fauquierspca.com