FAIRFIELD — Michelle Reynolds and Omar Gutierrez, both 17, didn’t spend their Saturday morning sleeping in like many teenagers.
Reynolds and Gutierrez said they both opted to skip the late snooze in favor of an early morning workout — a triathlon.
The two Fairfield High School Junior ROTC members started their workout at 7 a.m. along with 18 other cadets from Fairfield, Vanden and Armijo high schools, and an additional 30 people from the community. The participants took part in a mini triathlon at 24 Hour Fitness to get fit for a good cause.
Mark Foley, the chief of people at 24 Hour Fitness, estimated the event raised about $2,000 for the Yippie Foundation, which helps low-income youth through job training, mentoring and career development.
Foley said he came up with the idea to host the triathlon to benefit the Yippie Foundation. He invited numerous Junior ROTC clubs from throughout the county to participate and help raise funds.
All participants started the triathlon with a 200-yard swim, followed by a 5-kilometer run on treadmills and finished with a 15-mile bike ride on stationary bikes. They finished a little before noon.
“I’m going to be honest – the swimming was so hard,” Gutierrez said, laughing.
Reynolds said she didn’t mind giving up a Saturday to give back to the community. Volunteering is important as a Junior ROTC member, she said, as is staying fit and healthy.
She said she hopes that through events such as the triathlon, she can encourage other teenagers to give back.
“Through things that help the community, we hope we can get adolescents and teens involved,” she said.
For more information about the Yippie Foundation, visit www.YippieYogurt.org.
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