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Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District is offereing an all-abilities triathlon.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THPRD - The All-Ability Tri4Youth at THPRDs Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex on Aug. 12 is believed to be just the second event of its kind in the U.S., similar to one in Pennsylvania. Athletes with disabilities can participate in a special triathlon this summer.

The first All-Ability Tri4Youth, presented with nonprofit partner FACT Oregon, is a race that encourages young athletes to compete to the best of their abilities.

Designed for anyone 8 to 21 years of age, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, at Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation's Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex, 15707 S.W. Walker Road in Beaverton. It is believed to be the second event of its kind in the United States.

"Anyone with the desire to compete is encouraged to join," Julie Rocha, Tualatin Hills Athletic Center supervisor said. "Our desire is an inclusive event that draws young athletes with typical abilities and also those experiencing disability. It's an opportunity to 'tri together' to build community and promote fitness."

Competitors will swim 50 yards, bike two miles and run a half-mile on a fully accessible course.

The cost is $30 per person. Those experiencing a disability may captain a team with one or two additional members to provide assistance and support.

Registration is available at factoregon.org. Registrants have the option to create a fundraising page to support their registration fees. Participants receive a Tri4Youth T-shirt, a medal and an invitation to attend a post-race party with music, food and support from community partners that specialize in providing support for families experiencing disability.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the event can inquire with Fact Oregon by visiting THPRD.org or factoregon.org.

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