What is i-tri?
i-tri is a goal-based, comprehensive empowerment program for Middle School girls which prepares participants (MIND-BODY and SPIRIT) to complete a youth distance triathlon. The program runs from February through mid-July, culminating with a youth distance triathlon (300 yard open water swim, 7 mile bike and 1.5 mile run) held at Long Beach, Sag Harbor, NY.
Why was my daughter invited to take part in the i-tri program?
Although we know that ALL Middle School girls can benefit from this program, we want to make sure that it is offered first, to girls who can benefit most from being part of something special. We know that it works best for girls who:
- feel that completing a triathlon would be a HUGE accomplishment
- are not already involved in a lot of extracurricular activities or sports teams
- have the capacity to become a strong leader
- would benefit from being a part of a team, a supportive group of young women all working towards the same goal, even if they do not consider themselves to be “athletes”
- might have struggles either in-school or out of school
In order to best identify girls who would benefit most, i-tri partners with school administrators and staff to administer a survey which asks activity and self-reflective questions –CLICK HERE TO SEE SURVEY and then meets with school personnel (usually Social Worker, PE Teacher, Guidance Counselor) to create a list of girls to invite to participate.
How much does it cost?
We are committed to making sure that ANY girl that is invited to participate CAN participate regardless of economic considerations and therefore:
i-tri is FREE of CHARGE to all participants. All classes, training, equipment and uniforms are provided to the girls at no-charge to their families.* In addition, transportation to and from Long Beach trainings during the 3 week period leading up to the race in June/July, once school is out- is provided all participants (with the exception of Sag Harbor girls) at no-charge to their families.
We do ask families to pay the race registration fee of $35 at the start of the program as a sign of the families commitment to their daughter’s GOAL of completing the triathlon. And we ask that girls/families take part in fundraising activities that assist our organization in raising the funds necessary to provide all that we do.
*includes: swimsuit, goggles, swim cap, race uniform, bike and helmet. Running shoes are not provided but families can take advantage of a 40% discount at Gubbins Running Ahead in East Hampton or Southampton. Also- if after the 40% discount, the price is still out of range for a family to afford- they can pay “what they can” (even if it just a few dollars) and i-tri will take care of the rest.
What type of commitment is involved?
Participating in i-tri is a BIG commitment for the girls and their families- BUT the payoff is HUGE! Pride, Accomplishment, Sense of Belonging.. The program starts in February and runs through mid July.
We currently run programs at:
- Southampton Intermediate School- girls meet on MONDAYS during 10th period and then after school until 5pm (they are transported to and from SYS for fitness session- Empowerment Session is at SIS and parent pick up is at SIS at 5pm – (except for 4 evening family nutrition sessions- parents join girls at 5:30-7) AND Saturday triathlon training at the EH YMCA from 1:30-4pm
- East Hampton Middle School- girls meet on MONDAYS
- Pierson Middle School (Sag Harbor)- girls meet on TUESDAYS after school for Empowerment Session, followed by fitness session with pick up at the school at 5pm (except for 4 evening family nutrition sessions- parents join girls at 5:30-7) AND Saturday triathlon training at the EH YMCA from 1:30-4pm
- William Paca Middle School- girls meet on WEDNESDAYS
- Montauk School- girls meet on THURSDAYS in-school during lunch/recess for Empowerment Session and afterschool they are transported via bus to and from the Montauk Community Church for Fitness session. (4 evening family nutrition sessions- parents join girls at school 5:30-7) AND Saturday triathlon training at the EH YMCA from 1:30-4pm
- Springs School- girls meet on THURSDAYS in-school during lunch/recess for Empowerment Session and after school they walk/run to the Springs Presbyterian Church for Fitness session- pick-up at school at 5pm – (except for 4 evening family nutrition sessions- parents join girls at 5:30-7) AND Saturday triathlon training at the EH YMCA from 1:30-4pm
We realize that things come up (illness, family emergencies, travel, etc) and so we are lenient about Excused Absences- as long as the family lets us know via TEXT or EMAIL ahead of time that their daughter will be missing a particular session.
BUT – we also know that without the proper training, we cannot feel confident that participants will be fully prepared to complete the race and so…
If there are more than 3 UNEXCUSED Absences (just did not feel like going, was too tired after a sleep over, forgot to let you know that we would be out of time, etc.) the participant may be expelled from the program.
When is the race?
July 13, 2017 at 5:30 pm
My daughter will not be here in July for the race- can she still participate?
No, since this is a goal based program, one of the only requirements is that the girl will be here for the actual race.
My daughter goes away to camp after school ends – can she still participate?
If she is not going to be here for the race- she cannot start the program. Even if she went to camp and then came back in time for the race we would rather you really think about the implications- It is imperative that the girls have ample time to train on the actual race course- so once school ends there are 7 weekday practices which are integral to success.
My daughter plays sports/takes dance classes after school- can she still participate?
One of the benefits of participating in i-tri is that girls are given the opportunity to be active outside of gym class. IF your daughter’s schedule can be arranged so that she can still participate in MOST of the i-tri activities (empowerment sessions, nutrition workshops and SATURDAY trainings at the Y) and would just miss the fitness sessions THEN the program would still be beneficial.
My daughter cannot ride a bike- can she still participate?
YES! In fact- this is an excellent reason for her to participate! She WILL learn to be a comfortable and confident rider through this program and will have the loving support and assistance of Alumni Girls who have also been taught how to ride by i-tri girls!
My daughter is not a good swimmer (or is afraid of the water, etc.) can she still participate?
YES! We have an AMAZING team of swim coaches who have taught hundreds of kids to swim and be comfortable and confident in open water!
I cannot attend the mandatory meeting – can my daughter still participate?
YES! If it is at all possible for your daughter and another adult to attend the meeting then that would be great- but if that is impossible you can still register her by clicking HERE.
My daughter was not selected for the program- can she still participate?
She is in 6th, 7th or 8th grade at one of the schools where we presently run programs. (Southampton Intermediate, East Hampton Middle School, Pierson Middle School, Springs School,William Paca Middle School or Montauk School)
- Please contact Theresa Roden to discuss.
- Registration for the 2017 season closes on February 18th 2017.
Is i-tri an all-volunteer organization?
NO. Although we welcome volunteers and have many committed volunteers who help us, especially once we start training in open water and cycling on open roads, we believe that in order to provide the BEST training and ensure quality and safety- we MUST pay qualified and certified, educators and coaches.