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April 22nd - McKinney Kiwanis Kids and Sprint Triathlons
- McKinney, TX
- Ages 6 & Up
Race Recaps and Results
USAT Youth & Junior National Championship (August 5-6, 2017)
Team Playtri took 10 athletes to the USA Triathlon Youth & Junior National Championship races this year - six youth/junior elite competitors and four youth age group competitors. Ohio provided us with an unusually cool race weekend, which everyone really enjoyed, and we got to have dinner with our friends from T3 Multisports. Notable results included:
- Kevin Lorinc - 3rd overall 11-12 YO boys
- Asher Lauderdale - 20th Youth Elite Men's Race
- Brenna Zerby - 31st Youth Elite Women's Race
Congratulations to all the athletes who raced. Roar Lions!
Monroe USAT Junior Elite Cup Races (June 24, 2017)
Four Team Playtri Elite Lions raced this weekend at the Monroe USAT Junior Elite Cup Races in Monroe, WA. Beautiful weather made the races extra fun, and a 15th place in the Mixed Team Relay was a fun way to wrap up the day. Special congratulations to Maddy Beltran, Jackson Hall and Matthew Beltran for qualifying for Youth/Junior Elite Nationals. Roar Lions!
Pleasant Prairie USAT Junior Elite Cup Races (June 4, 2017)
Congratulations to our five Team Playtri Elite Lions who competed in the Cup Races at Pleasant Prairie, WI this weekend. Hot race conditions made for a challenging morning, but the Lions brought home a successful first time finish (Brenna Zerby) and a Youth Elite Nationals qualifier (Asher Lauderdale). Great job athletes!
Baylor Sunny Kids Triathlon (April 29, 2017)
Great job to the 15 Playtri Lions who raced the Baylor Sunny Kids Triathlon this past weekend, despite a forecast for rough weather that morning! Everyone raced hard, and we brought home 5 podiums and lots of happy Lions to show for it! Coaches are proud!
Kiwanis Sprint and Kids Triathlons (April 23, 2017)
Congrats to all the Playtri Lions who competed at the Historic McKinney Kiwanis Sprint and Kids Triathlons this past Sunday!
Many athletes were racing this course for the second time, and it was fun to see their time improvements from previous years. Five Lions completed their very first triathlon at this event, and the team brought home 8 podium performances. The coaches are so proud of all our athletes' hard work!
Team Playtri McKinney beat the heat and the winds today at the Run for Cover 1K and 5K run races benefiting McKinney's homeless population. The Lions brought home some first-time 5K finishes, a couple of podiums, and 1st overall female/2nd overall male. Congratulations to everyone who ran this morning! Roar Lions!
DRC Tal Morrison Classic 5K (April 1, 2017)
The Team Playtri Dallas Lions raced the DRC Tal Morrison Classic 5K this past Saturday at White Rock Lake, bringing home two first place podiums, a second place podium, and a whole lot of awesome finishes. It was a great morning for the team - Roar Lions!
Luck of the Irish Sprint Triathlon (March 19, 2017)
A few of our Team Playtri Elite athletes took on the Luck of the Irish Sprint Triathlon this weekend, with Tarryn Brumley and Shea Brasher completed their first Sprint distance triathlon, and Brenna Zerby taking 2nd overall woman. Coach Morgan got in on the fun as well. Roar Lions!
Sarasota ITU JunioR NA Championship and Youth Elite Cups (March 11 & 12, 2017)
5 Team Playtri Elite athletes book-ended their races in Clermont with a 2nd weekend of racing in Sarasota. Matthew Beltran represented TPE in his first ITU Junior North American Championship, while our other 4 athletes competed in the Youth Elite Cup races the following day (Maddy Beltran and Adam Janah both completed their first Youth Elite Cup races at this event!)
Draft-Legal Challenge F1/EDR Races (March 4 & 5, 2017)
11 Team Playtri Elite athletes traveled to sunny Florida this week to take on the Draft Legal Challenge races in Clermont alongside other youth and junior elites, as well as professionals. Despite the potential for alligators and some very windy swims, our young athletes did an amazing job, bringing home some great performances and learning a lot of good lessons for the coming season. Standout finishes included: Matthew Beltran, Ulrika Brameus and Madeline Kennedy all completed their first EDR races, and Shea Brasher completed her first F1 race.
Cedar Hill Cycling Races (February 4 & 5, 2017)
McKinney Lions tackled the hilly and chilly Cedar Hill road races this weekend, bringing home some solid performances, and lots of good lessons learned. Thank you to the race organizers for a great event!
Believe 5K/1 Mile Run Races (November 26, 2016)
The McKinney Lions raced the hilly (but still fun!) Believe 5K this past Saturday after the Thanksgiving holiday. It was a fun morning with some great running from our young athletes. Special congratulations to Brenna Zerby for taking first overall female, and to Sophia Krotosky for finishing her first 5K!
Smile for A Lifetime 5K and Fun Run (November 12, 2016)
Congrats to our Dallas Team Lions who raced in the Smile for a Lifetime 5K this weekend!
Run the Good Race 5K/1 Mile Run Races (November 5, 2016)
Jack Berube from Team Playtri Dallas participated in the Run the Good Race 1 Mile this Saturday and took the overall win for the event. Great job Michael! Roar Lions!
Dragon Dash 5K/1K Run Races (October 22, 2016)
The McKinney Lions raced the Imagine International Academy Dragon Dash this morning and enjoyed cool temps and a flat course, making for some fast times! Lots of PR's and podiums for these athletes. A great way to kick off the first week of our Off-Season Session. Looking forward to our next team run race at the Believe 5K after Thanksgiving! Roar Lions!
Stonebridge Ranch Triathlons (September 24 & 25, 2016)
We had a blast at our final races of the season, despite some wild weather during the Super Sprint and Sprint distance events on Sunday! Saturday saw over 30 Lions at the Stonebridge Ranch Kids Triathlon, which we followed with our Team End-of-Season Party at the Stonebridge Beach Club - thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to make it a fun event for the kids. On Sunday we had athletes in both the Super Sprint and Sprint distance events, and saw a lot of PR finishes despite the rain. A great way to wrap up the season. Roar Lions!
Little Buggy Youth Triathlon (September 5, 2016)
Over 20 Team Playtri Lions raced the Little Buggy Kids Tri this Labor Day, getting up extra early for a 5:15 transition check-in and 6:45 race start. We had multiple first-time triathlon finishers and lots of podiums. Athletes raced well and had fun - hard to believe the season is almost over, but all those months of work sure showed this morning!
USA Triathlon Sprint National Championship (August 15, 2016)
Team Playtri Lions Ulrika Brameus, Ali Sadek and Devin Williams competed in the USAT Sprint Age Group National Championship this past weekend in Omaha, Nebraska - the first time for all them competing at the National level in a Sprint distance event. All three athletes did a great job and learned valuable lessons for the coming Junior Elite season! Roar Lions!
What's a "Sprint distance" race?
750m Swim/20k Bike/5k Run
Cooper Kids Tri (August 6, 2016)
23 Lions representing Team Playtri at the Cooper Kids Tri this Saturday! We got to see a lot of athletes PR and generally have really successful race days, which is just a demonstration of the work they've put in over the summer months. We're so proud of all of them! A special thank you to all the parents and athletes who volunteered. Roar Lions!
USAT Youth & Junior National ChampionshipS (July 30 & 31, 2016)
The Team Playtri Lions took on the USAT Youth & Junior National Championship this weekend in West Chester, Ohio with the Youth Elite Championship, Mixed Team Relay, and Youth Age Group Championship.
Competitors in the Youth Elite Championship were: Matthew Beltran, Jackson Hall, Asher Lauderdale and Ali Sadek
Competitors in the Mixed Team Relay were: Matthew Beltran & Asher Lauderdale (Team Playtri Elite) and Sara Jarman & Anna Lausch (Team MC Elite)
Competitors in the Youth Age Group Championship were: Maddy Beltran, Tarryn Brumley, Lucas Carter, Brenna Zerby and Angel Zerby
Athletes had fun, raced hard and represented Team Playtri well with performance and sportsmanship! Roar Lions!
Cooper Super Sprint Triathlon (July 16, 2016)
Six Team Playtri Lions raced at the Cooper Mini Sprint Triathlon this past Saturday - almost all who had raced in the same event in May showed 2-3 minutes of overall improvement in their race times! Great to see their hard work paying off. Roar Lions!
USAT Des Moines Youth Elite Cup Races (July 10, 2016)
Congratulations to our five Team Playtri Elite Lions who raced in Des Moines this past weekend at the USAT Youth Elite Cup Races.
This was their final national draft-legal competition before the USAT Youth Elite National Championships on July 30th & 31st. All five took away valuable lessons and contributed points to the team ranking for 2016. Great job Lions!
A special thank you to our sister team T3 Multisports and Coach Boris Robinson for their assistance at this weekend's event.
Tri Now Open Water Splash & Dash and Aquathlon (July 10, 2016)
13 Team Playtri Lions Completed the Tri Now Open Water Splash & Dash and Aquathlon this past Sunday, many of them competing their first multisport race with an open water swim. We are so proud of their efforts!
Cooper Kids Triathlon (June 25, 2016)
Over 20 Playtri Lions raced the Cooper Kids Triathlon this Saturday, bringing home 27 finishes, 7 podiums in the 11-15 categories and 2 podiums in the 9-10 category. However, the highlight of the morning was definitely the giant water slide! Thank you everyone for a great race. Go Lions!
USAT Monroe Youth Elite Cup Races (June 18, 2016)
Congratulations to the Team Playtri Elite Lions who competed in the USA Triathlon Youth Elite Cup Races in Monroe this past weekend! Some good Pacific North West weather came through race morning creating slippery conditions, but our athletes still got the job done - phenomenal performances from all three. Ulrika Brameus jumped back into the draft-legal racing scene not even two weeks after a race-ending bike wreck in Pleasant Prairie with a solid performance, Jackson Hall made major strides on his swim and bike after his first Cup two weeks ago in Monroe doing a great job executing his race strategy, and Matthew Beltran put it together for his first top-10 finish at a Cup race with 6th place.
After the Cup races ended, we teamed up with T3 Multisports to bring home 8th place in the Mixed Team Relay. It was a lot of fun seeing their hard work pay off on a national stage!
Ice Cream Crank Off 5K and 1K Runs (June 11, 2016)
What better way to kick off the summer than by running for ice cream? Lions had to work hard at this race, though, with a difficult combination of hills and humidity to push through. A great mental toughness training day for those who competed!
USAT Pleasant Prairie Cup Races (June 5, 2016)
Five Team Playtri Elite athletes traveled to Pleasant Prairie, WI for the second stop in the 2016 USA Triathlon Junior Elite Series. Athletes raced well - Matthew Beltran secured 24th in the YE men's race with a top ten swim, Asher Lauderdale finished 30th for his first Cup race, Jackson Hall finished 54th, also for his first Cup race, and Ulrika Brameus was having a strong opener for her season, but unfortunately was derailed by a crash in her bike pack. She was unable to finish, but is doing fine and plans to race again at the Monroe Cup in two weeks. Maddy Beltran was the 9th overall female in the youth age group race.
WaterWorks Sprint and Splash N' Dash (May 22, 2016)
Lions had an extra fun race at the WaterWorks Sprint and Splash n' Dash, starting their races with a ride down one of WaterWorks giant waterslides! Athletes competing in the Splash n' Dash also got to complete their swims open water-style in the lazy river. Everyone got to stay for a giant pool party post-race!
Cooper Sprint and Mini SPrint Triathlons
Congrats to all the TP Lions who raced at Cooper on Saturday, May 14th! Two 1st OA finishes and lots of AG podiums. Nice work, Lions!
USAT Richmond Youth Elite Cup
Matthew Beltran and Ali Sadek made a great showing at the first USAT Youth Elite Cup of the season in Richmond, VA, with Matthew earning the first 2016 USAT Youth Elite Nationals qualifying spot for TPE. Great races for both boys!
Playtri Festival Results and Photos
Great job Gold 2 and TPE athletes at the Playtri Festival races. A hot and windy day made it extra challenging, but you guys pushed through!
Luck of the Irish Results and Photos
Great job Playtri Lions, especially to our 3 Gold 2 athletes who conquered their first Sprint Distance!
It Takes Two Results and Photos
Congrats to all of the athletes and parents who took on this early season race!
In Other News...
Team Playtri Elite Athlete Matthew Beltran Qualifies for ITU Championship
TPE athlete Matthew Beltran has been invited to compete at the ITU Junior North American Championship in Sarasota, FL this March. Matthew will be one of 25 young men represented the US at this event. Congratulations, Matthew!
2017 Team Playtri Elite Squad Announced
We are excited to have completed to selection of our 2017 athletes! We know they will represent the team with hard work, pride and best efforts in the coming competitive season.
2017 Team Playtri Elite F1 Squad: Shea Brasher, Lucas Carter, Madeline Kennedy, Kevin Lorinc
2017 Team Playtri Elite National Team: Maddy Beltran, Matthew Beltran, Ulrika Brameus, Tarryn Brumley, Jackson Hall, Adam Janah, Asher Lauderdale, Brenna Zerby
2017 Team Playtri Elite Distance Athletes: Madelyn Bowman
2017 Elite Development Athletes: Eric Gusa
Lola De Los Santos Featured in Dallas Morning News
Check out this piece on Dallas Lion Lola De Los Santos in the Dallas Morning News, and learn all about her triathlon experience!
Ulrika Brameus Named Imagine International Academy Athlete of the Year
Congratulations to Team Playtri Elite athlete Ulrika Brameus on being named the Imagine International Academy 2015-2016 Athlete of the Year! Ulrika puts in 14-20 hours each week of training to represent both the Team Playtri Elite Lions and the IIA Dragons XC Team.
Team Playtri Elite ranked 18th in Country After First Three Cup Series Races
Following the first three races in the 2016 USA Triathlon Junior Cup Series, Team Playtri Elite is currently ranked #18 in the country. Congratulations to all of our athletes who have competed so far:
- Matthew Beltran (15)
- Ulrika Brameus (15)
- Jackson Hall (14)
- Asher Lauderdale (13)
- Ali Sadek (15)
Pro Triathlete Carrie McCoy Visits Gold 2 Team Practice
Gold 2 Team got a special treat at bike/run practice when Ironman pro triathlete Carrie McCoy showed up to share her story and take their questions. She brought lots of great lessons, reminding athletes to stay grateful, and to work hard AND smart. Thank you, Carrie, and good luck at Ironman Texas!