Be AMYazing! Triathlon to be held May 20

Charlotte Smith, focus editor

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The Reston Youth Triathlon, Be AMYazing!, will be held Sunday, May 20, commencing at 8 a.m. at Ridge Heights Pool and concluding at the football stadium.

This second annual event is sponsored by Amy’s Amigos, a school supported club which raises money for brain cancer research and empowers youth to live healthy and have fun.

With 300 participants, ages 6-15, there will be swimming, biking, and running, as well as a post-race party.

“I’m looking forward to the post race party at the track,” said triathlon co-founder, sophomore Hannah Becker. “We will have Tropical Smoothie and Great Harvest Bread there as well as a moon bounce.”

Beginning as a Relay for Life team in 2008, Amy’s Amigos was formed in memory of Amy Boyle, a sixth grader who lost her battle with brain cancer.

“I’m happy that this is happening,” said Amy’s brother, senior Nolan Boyle. “I’m interested in any support for the cause.”

The triathlon started last year when Amy’s Amigos members wanted to do more directly related to the memory of Amy.

“It’s a great idea to help kids and cancer,” said dear friend of Amy, sophomore Kelsey Donnelly. “Amy was very sporty. If she was here, she would say ‘Am I too old or can I join?’”

All proceeds will go to the Childhood Brain Cancer Foundation, which treated Amy.

“Last year the triathlon raised over $5,000,” said triathlon co-founder sophomore Olivia Wolfe. “This money has helped fund new research to find new trial medicines.”

Find more information about the triathlon at www.restonyouthtri.org

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