Splash ‘N Dash Triathlon Sets Sights on Community Outreach

Samantha Dudzinski

The swimming and diving team is hosting its Splash ’N Dash triathlon, set for Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. beginning at Philips Gymnasium. The Splash ’N Dash consists of a sprint triathlon involving 500 yards of swimming in Carr Pool, a 20-kilometer bike ride towards Lake Erie and a 5-kilometer run along the Oberlin cross country trail. It is open to community members and Oberlin staff as well as students.

One of the unique features of the Splash ’N Dash is that it can be completed individually or as a team of three. Last year, the individual winner was current senior Benjamin Schild, while the team award went to current sophomore swim team members Chris Pickens, Isaac Bacon and Rob McConky, also known as Chrispy Bacon featuring McSauce.

In past years, the Splash ’N Dash was a fundraiser for the swimming and diving team, but this year the Yeomen and women decided that the money raised would be better spent in the surrounding Lorain County community — the proceeds are going to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

“We’re trying to shift the emphasis from an athletics event to a campus and community event centered around health and wellness,” said triathlon organizer junior Alden Gilliom. “It’s a tough time for non-profits right now and we feel that when it’s possible to benefit the community that we are part of, [we should] do it.”

Gilliom encourages all to participate in the event. “We strive to make things fun. When I competed in the past, there is always a word of encouragement or strength when people pass you on the running or biking legs. This year we have people as young as 9 participating, which really shows how much of an open atmosphere this is.”

Gilliom continued, “Everyone involved is here to make sure that the triathlon is a positive and encouraging experience, whether you are competing as a seasoned triathlete or just decided to do it on a whim.”

For those who are still considering participating in the Splash ’N Dash, the registration deadline is May 5. Fees are $20 for individuals and $50 for teams of three. Prizes will be awarded to individual and team winners, and those competing will be able to participate in a post-race picnic. For more information, emails and inquiries can be sent to [email protected].