Congratulations to our Two Scholarship Winners

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The Steve Tarpinian Memorial Fund awarded two students with a $1000 Scholarship on August 10, 2017.  Each student completed a triathlon grant through the Steve Tarpinian Memorial Fund and then submitted a compelling application for a $1000 Scholarship.  Thank you to all of the students who applied for the Scholarship.  Each student inspired us in different ways which made the final decision very difficult.  We are hopeful that some of the Scholarship funds will be utilized in a way that inspires other youth to ‘try’ triathlon!

Congratulations goes out to Zachary Lam and Todd Warshawsky – the 2017 Recipients of the Steve Tarpinian Scholarship!!!

Zachary Lam

Zachary Lam (pictured on the left side of the image) attends Ward Melville High School in Three Village School District and started his athletic journey around nine years old.  His dad signed him up for a track team.  He started as a runner with little knowledge of swimming.  He was introduced to the sport of triathlon when his dad signed him up for his first triathlon a couple of years later.  He began taking it more seriously in the 9th grade.  When Zachary wakes up in the morning and thinks about what he is going to do for the day, he gets to choose from swim, bike, and/or run.  And that is the one thing that he loves about the sport of triathlon.  He gets a variety of choices to be active and busy.

Zachary loves the training that leads up to a race and loves racing to see how he has improved from the last race.  Triathlon has impacted his life in a major way.  It has helped him get into shape and make healthier decisions for his life.  The sport has given him so much confidence to do and try anything such as being able to handle his fear of heights by doing a tree climbing obstacle course.  Triathlon has helped him travel to new places like Maine and to see new things and help meet new friends along the way.  Triathlon has helped to open up so many opportunities in Zachary’s life including the chance to help out people through volunteering at races and watching them cross the finish line feeling accomplished. In addition, it has given him the chance of becoming a professional triathlete as he gets older and better in the sport.  He is hoping to earn a spot to Ironman World Championship in Kona one day!

Zachary hopes to expose triathlon to more High School students by inviting friends to help with his training and do some races with him.  He also plans on creating a triathlon team at Ward Melville High School to help others at the school learn more about the fun  of the sport triathlon.

Todd Warshawsky

Todd Warshawsky, recent graduate of Roslyn High School,  (pictured on the left side of the image) stated that, “training for and competing in a triathlon was undoubtedly one of the toughest challenges I’ve accepted.  Concurrently, it was also one of the most reward.”  Before Todd’s first triathlon, he had never swam or biked competitively in his life.  He frankly had no idea what to expect.  When he stepped into the water, the instant the race started, all apprehension vanished from his mind.  Each time he had woken up at six in the morning to go swimming became relevant, while his lack of experience suddenly became meaningless.  Observing just how powerful a race can be in stripping away what differentiates the circumstances of our lives and exposing one’s inner strength, Todd felt simultaneously proud of what he was doing and humbled with nothing to hide behind.  “That sensation, perfectly embodies why we race.” Going forward, Todd hopes to continue to not only race, but, in doing so, to expose himself to new challenges that will further allow him to reveal and understand his character.

Todd has already begun to look into triathlon racing in college, and he does so with the mentality that difficulty and unfamiliarity should not be seen as excuses to not try.  Rather, they should be taken as reasons to try harder.

For some time, Todd had been curious about the sport of triathlon racing, but it was not until he heard about the Steve Tarpinian Memorial Fund that he saw competing in a triathlon as realistic.  He believes that many High School students would love to participate in a triathlon, but many do not realize that the opportunity to do so is closer than they imagine.  His triathlon experience has inspired several student athletes to look into the Steve Tarpinian Memorial Fund.  While his track coach has already decided to share information about the program with all of the seniors on the track and field team, Todd hopes to show everyone in his community how rewarding and accessible the Steve Tarpinian Memorial Fund makes the sport of triathlon.

Both Zachary and Todd, as well as all of students who received triathlon grants in 2017, have re-inspired our mission to influence more youth through the sport of triathlon. 

22 Students Completed Triathlons in 2017

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The Steve Tarpinian Memorial Fund granted triathlon entries to 22 students throughout Long Island and Queens in 2017.  These students participated as individuals and relay teams in several different triathlons throughout Long Island.

Richard Tarpinian and Jennifer Ross were able to attend The Northwell Health Tri by the Bay in June, 2017 produced by Race Awesome. 
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Congratulations to our Inaugural Triathlon Grantees

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Congratulations to the Long Island and Queens students who applied for and were granted a free triathlon entry from the Steve Tarpinian Memorial Fund.  Here is the list of our Inaugural Steve Tarpinian Memorial Fund Grantees and the schools and districts they represent:

 

 

Daniel Raber – Three Village School – Ward Melville HS
Ethan McCormac – East Hampton HS
Micky Kalich – Bishop McGann-Mercy
Zachary Lam – Three Village School – Gelinas Jr. HS
Kiara Birch – Cambria Heights – Campus Magnet
Luca Jimenez-Luci – Queens Metro HS
Tyvan Cheng- Herricks HS
Dominick Piccirillo -Herricks HS
Nicco Valente – Herricks HS
Todd Warshawsky – Roslyn HS
Emely Arias – Uniondale HS
Mateo Sebastian – Jericho HS
Alessandra Parker – Queens Metro HS
Hadley Clayton – Huntington HS
Jessica Jimenez – Harborfields Old Middle School
Mel Conste – Harborfields Old Middle School
Tai Wong – Queens Metropolitan HS
Kal Lewis – Shelter Island School
Jack Thornton – Three Village School – Murphy Jr. HS
Alex Singer – Roslyn HS
Olivia Ebenstein – Three Village School – Gelinas Jr. HS

Our grantees will be competing in the several different triathlons including:
The Northwell Health Tri by the Bay, June 3, 2017 with Race Awesome
Turbo Tri, June 17 with i-Tri
Carl Hart Spring  Duathlon, xx with EventPower
Town of Huntington Sprint Triathlon, July 30, 2017 with EventPower
The PBMC Northwell Health Jamesport Triathlon, July 9, 2017 with Race Awesome
Mini Mightyman Pool Triathlon, April 23, 2017 with EventPower
Hamptons Youth Triathlon, July 14 with I-tri

Thank you to the local race companies for supporting our fund.  And congratulations to our young athletes.  In honor of Steve Tarpinian, we hope that you will be inspired by your triathlon experience and will continue to pursue the sport in the future.

 

Run Tips from a Top Level Competitor & Track Coach

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By Josie Piccinic, Physical Education Teacher & Track Coach

dsc_0085I’ve been running for many years, all through high school, college and after college as well.  As a top-level competitor there are many things that I have learned which have helped to improve my performance.  As a runner there is nothing more important than being consistent and dedicated to your sport.  If I wasn’t happy with my times, I would always try something else to improve them.

I have learned important things from coaches, and from my own research and experience:
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The Gear You Will Really Need to Get Started

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By Vicki Edwards, East End Tri

Vicki Edwards Triathlon CoachThe sport of triathlon can be very expensive. If you go to a tri specific store, you can be talked into so much equipment it will make your head spin. Will you need it all? No, not right away. If you decide to stay in the sport, you will slowly accumulate everything you need.

For that first triathlon, what do you really need? Let’s break it down.
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MY FIRST TRY (TRI)

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By Vicki Edwards, East End Tri

Vicki Edwards Triathlon TrainerI don’t know how it happened. It felt more like punishment for losing a bet. It felt like self-inflicted torture. Why would anyone want to swim, then bike and then run IN THE SAME DAY??? These people were crazy and I was crazier for agreeing to do it.

I didn’t know about training so I just did some runs, a few bikes and swam in my pool. I never put them all together or trained any of the disciplines back to back. I figured if I could run for 3 miles, bike an hour and swim for 15 minutes I was good to go. Transition? What is that?
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