Penns Valley

Race held to benefit community pool

James Polinchok, of Port Matilda, runs down Park Entrance Road in Millhiem for the final stretch of the 5K portion of the Millhiem Pool Triathlon on Saturday.
James Polinchok, of Port Matilda, runs down Park Entrance Road in Millhiem for the final stretch of the 5K portion of the Millhiem Pool Triathlon on Saturday. nthomas@centredaily.com

Money raised through a Saturday morning triathlon is going right back into keeping the Millheim Pool in operation.

Chemical technician Lynn McCool, who helps with the Millheim Sprint Triathlon, said costs continue to rise, though he didn’t have exact numbers from Penns Valley Park and Recreation.

“That’s why we do what we can to get the community involved in something like this,” he said. “We always end up gel coating the pool every year, and making repairs, and there is an increase in cost to do that every year in addition to seeing a rise in all operation costs in general.”

The triathlon consisted of a 300-yard swim, a 15-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run.

Participants of the seventh annual triathlon compete in a 300-yard swim in the Millheim pool, a 15-mile bike ride and a three-mile run. Those who weren’t up for that challenge, but still wanted to participate, could have competed in a mini-triathlon that was half the distance.

The pool opened at 7:15 a.m. Saturday so people could warm up before the 8 a.m. start.

And this year’s goal was to exceed what they raised last year.

“In the first year, we raised five or six thousand dollars,” McCool said. “It’s gone up a little bit every year. Last year is was around eight or nine thousand dollars.”

The race started and ended at the Millheim Pool, off of Park Road.

McCool said the triathlon started as a “small fundraiser.”

It’s just something for the community, to give back to the community

Lynn McCool, chemical technician at Millheim Pool

“Someone from our area participated in a race in Lewisburg, and the girl came to help out to get our race going,” McCool said. “It’s just something for the community, to give back to the community.”

The pool is open from noon to 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hours may be limited during the Grange Encampment and Fair Aug. 19-27.

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo

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