WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Athletes from across New England gathered once more at Hampton Ponds State Park in Westfield Sunday, for the “Tri for Jimmy Triathlon Race,” a benefit to aid cancer research for the Jimmy Fund.
The race was held for a third year in a row and is an event for both beginners and experienced athletes.
“We have cancer survivors who are participating along side of us,” said Lisa Totz, the triathlon race director. She told 22News it’s a cause that is close to her heart.
“I’ve actually been the president of the Jimmy Fund Council of Western Massachusetts for the last seven years,” Totz continued. “I wanted to have a fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund for the longest time. This became my opportunity, and I can’t say I don’t love it more than anything because I certainly do.”
Chris Haley of Tyringham is a breast cancer survivor, and has been making it a point to go to the triathlon for the past few years.
“It can be really challenging, especially if you have physical changes because of cancer,” said Haley. “I think it’s really important for me to maintain my health and it’s a really good way to exercise.”
Athletes were challenged with races like the “sprint distance” and or the “super sprint.” It included swimming for yards in Pequot Pond, and biking and running for long distances within the state park.
22New spoke with athletes who said this triathlon gives them a great sense of community.
“It’s an amazing atmosphere,” expressed Angel Burgado of New Hampshire. “The tri-athlete community is a very amazing community and really opening, and welcoming, and it’s just amazing to be here.”
The Sprint Triathlon includes a .3 mile swim in Pequot Pond, a 13-mile bike, and a 3-mile run, there will also be a triathlon which will consist of a 300-yard swim, a 6-point-3 mile bike, and a 1-mile run.
To learn more about Tri for Jimmy Triathlon Race, click here.
All proceeds will go towards the Jimmy Fund and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.