A Savannah organization will “tri” to raise funds for students in need

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backpack-308820_960_720A Savannah High School organization will hold its second triathlon in August with proceeds going toward the local Backpack Buddies program. 

Camarie Slagle, a senior at Savannah High School this fall, is the coordinator of the “Tri to End Hunger” triathlon hosted by Savannah High School FCCLA. 

Slagle said proceeds from the triathlon will help fund the Backpack Buddies program. 

“The Backpack Buddies program of Andrew County compiles a backpack of non-perishable food items to give to kids who come from food insecure households from schools in the surrounding area,” Slagle said. “They had 226 children in the program for the 2015 and 16 school year.” 

The triathlon has two races. The adult triathlon is for anyone age 12 and up and consists of a 150 meter swim, a nine mile bike and a 2.1 mile run. The 11 and under age group will complete a 50 meter swim, a one mile bike and a half mile run. 

Slagle said there are two reasons people should get involved with the triathlon. 

“Not only is it going to a beneficial cause that has a great need,” Slagle said. “But also you can be fit by training for the triathlon and it is definitely doable for anybody – the course is pretty much flat.” 

Slagle said it costs $150 dollars per child per year to receive meals through the Backpack Buddies program. Last year they raised about $2,000 from the triathlon which helped to feed 13 children. This year she said the goal is to raise enough to feed at least 15 children. 

The triathlon begins with the swimming portion at 7 a.m. on Saturday, August 13th, at the Savannah Pool in Messick Park. For more information or to register click here