By Greg Gulas
Since its opening in September 2003, Corky Pike has been a familiar face at the D.D. and Velma Davis Family YMCA in Boardman.
She has also been instrumental in the growth of the successful Sprint Distance Triathlon, scheduled this year for May 13.
Addressing the Curbstone Coaches at Monday’s weekly luncheon at the Blue Wolf Banquet Center, Pike said the event has grown since the inaugural event in 2004.
“We held that first competition in downtown Youngstown and served as co-host with our Central YMCA location. It was so well-received, it just seems to get better and better every year,” said Pike.
“We offer a Tri-Skills class that starts in January and runs until May that helps school and prepare anyone who has an interest in the event,” she said. “We feel that the class has been very helpful for everyone that has signed up over the years.
“Also, the Steel Valley Triathlon Club, which was founded in 2004 at about the time of our first event, is very helpful with training,” said Pike, who competed in the 2003 Iron Man World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
The local triathlon includes a 500-yard swim, 15-mile biking and 3.1-mile running challenge. Over 150 entries are expected this year.
“With 11 lanes [six outdoor and five indoor] we can handle 22 swimmers at a time. After the swimming event we move to the 15-mile bike course, which begins at the YMCA, extends to New Springfield and then ends back on our grounds. The final leg of the competition is the 3.1 running course, which extends from the Boardman Township Administration Office, goes down Roche Way, winds through the area neighborhood and ends back at the YMCA when the finish line is located.”
The Central YMCA still runs a similar event in July, while registration for individuals and teams will be accepted for the Boardman event until May 10.
Next week, Joe DeRosa, a college basketball official from Lowellville, will be as guest speaker. The Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame banquet is Sunday at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman.