Frequently Asked Questions
Why was my daughter invited to join i-tri?
We know that all girls can benefit from this program, but if we asked your daughter to join, we probably noticed something special.
- Has the capacity to become a leader
- Would benefit from being part of a team
- Would benefit from completing a triathlon (a huge accomplishment)
- Would benefit from being involved in more extracurricular activities
- Sometimes struggles in or out of school
How was my daughter chosen to join i-tri?
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 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 i-tri cost?
i-tri is free for all participants. We provide all classes, training, equipment and uniforms for free to every single i-tri girl. Once school is out, we also provide free bus transportation to and from Sag Harbor for our 7 on-course trainings. Running shoes are not automatically provided, but families can take advantage of a 40% discount at Gubbins Running Ahead in East Hampton or Southampton. If after the 40% discount, the price is still out of range for a family to afford, we ask you to pay whatever you can, even if it is only a few dollars, and i-tri will take care of the rest. For families who cannot physically get to Gubbins, we will provide running shoes to girls who need them.
What does the BNB Hamptons Youth Triathlon cost?
i-tri is a goal-based program—although the program is free, we do ask that you register your daughter for the Hamptons Youth Triathlon and pay the $45 registration fee when you register for i-tri as a sign of your family’s commitment to your daughter’s goal. If you cannot afford to pay this registration fee, please just let your Program Leader know and she will give you a code to enter when you register so you do not need to pay at that time.
How can we help?
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, but this is not a requirement. We also ask you to attend the Program Kick Off Retreat and help volunteer at pre-race trainings if possible.
What type of commitment is involved?
Your daughter will meet with i-tri after school once a week and on Saturdays from the end of February through June. Please see your daughter’s (school) group calendar below for specifics. Updated calendars for each school are made available in January of each year.
What happens if my daughter has to miss a few days?
We realize that things come up (illness, family emergencies, travel, etc.) so of course we’re 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.
We also know that without the proper training, we cannot feel confident that participants will be fully prepared to complete the race. Therefore:
If there are more than 3 unexcused absences (just did not feel like going, was too tired after a sleep over, forgot to let us know that she would be out of town, etc.) the participant may be expelled from the program.
When and where will my daughter participate in the BNB Hamptons Youth Triathlon?
Date: Saturday July 11, 2020
Time: Girls arrive at 6:30 am, race begins at 7:30 am, all racers are finished by 10am
Location: Foster Memorial Beach (Long Beach) Sag Harbor, NY
Do you have to be an i-tri girl to participate in the Hamptons Youth Triathlon?
No the HYT is open to all kids 10-17.
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) and would just miss the fitness sessions then the program would still be beneficial and she can participate. If she cannot attend the afterschool empowerment sessions then she would not get the full benefit from the program and should not join.
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 of adult coaches and assistance of alumni girls who have also learned how to ride in i-tri!
My daughter is not a good swimmer/does not know how to swim at all/is afraid of the water–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!
My daughter was not selected for the program. Can she still participate?
Yes! If she is in 6th, 7th or 8th grade at one of the schools where we presently run programs.
Please contact Alyssa Channin to discuss.
Is i-tri an all-volunteer organization?
No. While we welcome and appreciate committed volunteers and appreciate our committed volunteers, once we start training in open water and cycling on open roads, in order to provide the best training and ensure quality and safety, we pay qualified, and certified, educators and coaches.