Consider participation in the first ever SkinnyMini

Skaneateles Labor Day Race Weekend announces new opportunities for youth:

Now ages 5 through 15 can enjoy athletic activity in a healthy, community event. Emphasizing the positives in active recreation, these new races offer fun participation in a safe, novel experience.

SkinnyMini race activities happen at upper Austin Park, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4 after the morning adult Skinnyman Sprint Triathlon. Complete race details and registration are available at SkanRaces.com.

A bicycle clinic for 11 to14 year olds follows the SkinnyMini races on Saturday. Bike experts will offer tips on maintenance, fitting, and racing techniques. After the youth races, families can continue the celebration at the Skaneateles Volunteer Fire Department Field Days at lower Austin Park, schedule at skanvfd.com.

Open to two different age groups, the SkinnyMini Splash and Dash, invites ages 8 to 10 and 11to14 to test the waters by swimming and then transitioning to a run in a timed race. The excitement starts in the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center pool with a 50-yard swim for the younger group and 100 yards for the older. After changing in the transition area, SkinnyMini racers finish by running at Austin Park, younger one half-mile loop and the older one-mile. All racers win a participation ribbon.

Top three by age and gender are awarded medals. In the interest of safety, the first annual SkinnyMini Splash and Dash is limited to the first 48 entrants in each age group registered online at SkanRaces.com. Registration cost is $20.

The youngest age group, ages 5 to 7, can run in the SkinnyMini Dash. The flat half-mile course is designed for a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants. The event is entirely free and only requires a parent to register the youth on race day. Registration is unlimited, a great opportunity for young friends to dash together. All entrants win a participation ribbon.

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