Young members of the Quogue Field Club broke a sweat for a good cause on Saturday, participating in the club’s fourth annual Teen Triathlon, which raised money for the Joyful Heart Foundation.
Each year, the children from the club’s Junior Sports program choose a charity to support through the triathlon, and they raise money both leading up to and even after the race. The goal for this year was to raise $4,000, which Heath Terry, the club’s assistant director of Junior Sports, said they are close to reaching. The Joyful Heart Foundation seeks to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.
A total of 30 13- and 14-year-olds participated in this year’s triathlon, which started with a roughly quarter-mile swim in the bay at the Shinnecock Yacht Club, followed by a seven-mile bike ride through the neighborhoods of Quogue, and concluded with a 2.16-mile run.
Piper Torpey was the overall winner, finishing in 42:05. It marked the first time that the overall winner was a female. Torpey was followed by Christopher Tolan (45:54), William Thompson (46:05), Maggie Tolley (47:29), and Kyla Spence (49:30).
Some children chose to participate as relay teams, splitting up the swim, bike and run portions. The top relay team was Andre Fernandez (swim), James Hill (bike) and Peter Frelinghausen (run).
The teen triathlon is part of the Junior Sports program at the field club, which includes children age 4 to 14. The program is designed to give kids a foundation for all kinds of sports, such as golf, sailing, tennis, basketball and baseball.
In the past, the triathlon has raised money for several charities, including Blanca’s House, Habitat for Humanity, Camp Good Grief, and CTREE (The Center for Therapeutic Riding on the East End).
On Thursday, August 8, the Quogue Field Club conducted its annual junior golf championships on its nine-hole course. In the 11-and-under division, Finbar Bonner was the winner, followed by Luis Wahl. In the 12-to-16-year-old division, William Davis was the winner, followed by William Thompson.