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Eastridge second-grader finishes triathlon

Garett Talcott

Garett Talcott, an 8-year-old Eastridge Elementary School student, proudly displays his medal for finishing the YMCA Triathlon.
Photo by Jeff Switzer/Woodinville Weekly.

YMCA triathlon by Jeff Switzer
Woodinville resident Garett Talcott neglected to train before this year's event, but drawing on the deep competitive spirit of his 8-year-old frame, he pushed himself to the finish in the YMCA's third annual Triathlon on Sept. 22.
   "I almost just fell down on the ground," said Garett. "I was gettin' pooped."
   Garett started swimming year-round when he was six, competing with Wave Aquatics, a team which practices three times each week at Redmond Pool. And like most kids, he bikes in his spare time. But his running proved the challenge of the day.
   "I wish he had trained, but to accomplish what he did without training, it brought tears to my eyes, especially when I saw the tears welling up in his eyes," said his mom, Pam Talcott. "He beat his time from last year and they even added a half-mile to the run. His dad (Jerry) ran with him for support part of the way."
   "I was ready to die," Garett added. "At the finish I kept saying 'water ... water.'"
   In just over 34 minutes, Garett swam 125 yards, rode his bike three miles, and ran one mile, topping his time from his first race last year. The running part was a half-mile longer and a hill was added to the bike route.
   This year, 137 people competed in the event, up from last year's 80 competitors. Garett was the youngest to compete by himself in each of the events, while others had the option of competing in teams.
   All participants--ranging in age from 8 to 50--received a medal, though most of the adults opted for key chains. Coordinators for the event are contemplating a bigger event next year, possibly combined with the DARE run, as a way to involve the community in a fun, physical activity.