Congratulations to second grader Ruby Sky ’34 on completing her first kids triathlon! Held at Harriman State Park, the TOUGHKids Triathlon consisted of a 20-yard swim, 1-mile bike, and 100-yard run.
Ruby Sky loves swimming and biking, and often runs short distances with her father, who has participated in numerous triathlons himself. Mr. Pena thought a triathlon would be a great way for Ruby Sky to put all of those elements together, and get a feel for what it means to participate in an organized race.
“I really enjoyed the swim and the bike parts,” said Ruby Sky. “But the best part of all was crossing the finish line! They call out your name and you know you did your best.”
Ruby Sky said anyone who wants to do a triathlon and might feel scared should still do it. “Once you start, you aren’t scared anymore,” she explained. “Also, they give you lots of snacks.”
She wore her Sacred Heart bathing suit for the entire event because she is proud she goes to Sacred Heart. In the future, she said she might want to be on 91st Street’s swim team, and maybe become a vet.
Ruby Sky’s mother credited Sacred Heart’s Athletics and Wellness program and Aquatics Director Warren Perry with her daughter’s enthusiasm for wellness, swimming, and being active.
“Thanks to Coach Perry, Ruby Sky sees that success and fun can be connected,” said Mrs. Pena. “This was her first triathlon - but definitely not her last!”