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Sprint Triathlon/5k Run And Walk: Try-A-Tri Ready For Its Debut

INDEPENDENCE — Nine years ago, Brian Joynt looked for a way to challenge himself both physically and mentally.    “After our first child was born, I started doing triathlons,” Joynt said. “One event for me seemed a little bit boring at the time, and with three disciplines, it keeps me more occupied. It’s a good way to do some cross training and stay healthier and fit.”    Since then, he’s taken part in numerous triathlons.    Now, Joynt is hoping to introduce the triathlon to Independence while helping the community.    The inaugural Independence Try-A-Tri and 5-kilometer run/walk will take place June 21 at the Independence City Pool. The sprint triathlon begins at noon, while the 5K will start at 1 p.m. Registration fees are $35 for the sprint triathlon or $70 for a team of three, and $20 for the 5K.    Registration forms for the triathlon are due Friday, while there will be onsite registration for the 5K run.    Joynt, who partnered with Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley, has raised more than $2,000 through sponsorships, partly thanks to the event’s title sponsor, iHomes.    Entry fees will be used to cover the cost of the event, and any extra funds will go toward the restoring the pool house facility at the city pool, which houses restroom facilities, lifeguard equipment and more.    “We’re working to raise money to restore the Independence city pool house,” Joynt said. “It’s really run down, so we’re working to improve that.”    The sprint triathlon will consist of a 500-meter swim, 15-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. Start times will be based on seeding.    No matter how much experience you have, Joynt said the event is open to everyone and that this is a great opportunity for people to give triathlons — or the 5K run/walk — a try.    “A lot of people are afraid and think, ‘I’m not a good swimmer or a good biker or a fast runner,’” Joynt said. “But it really doesn’t matter too much, especially in a controlled sprint triathlon.    “Even if you only know how to doggie paddle, you can make it through the swim. It doesn’t matter if you average 22 mph or 12 mph in the bike portion. In a triathlon, it’s about the accomplishment. … We have a lot of people signing up for their first 5K as well, so I think it will work great.”    Joynt said he doesn’t have any expectations for the number of participants this year, but is hoping to lay the groundwork for future events.    “I’m hoping to get the roots established,” Joynt said. “From talking to other event organizers, if that’s established, next year I’ll already have the contacts ready and things will be easier. Each year, I want to find a local area in the community that needs something that we can raise money for. If the pool house is good to go, I’ll work on finding a new project. I want it to be something that has to do with being active in the community to help get more people aware of what’s available to them to stay active and healthy.”

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