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Kids compete in Geneva Splash and Dash event

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  • Athletes complete the 100-yard swim during the Juniors event that was part of the MMTT Splash and Dash race at Cadence Fitness and Health Center in Geneva Wednesday night.

       Athletes complete the 100-yard swim during the Juniors event that was part of the MMTT Splash and Dash race at Cadence Fitness and Health Center in Geneva Wednesday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Contrell Muscari of St. Charles scoops up her son Dominic, 6, as she offers encouragement after he completed a 100-yard swim followed by a 1-km run in the Juniors event that was part of the MMTT Splash and Dash race at Cadence Fitness and Health Center in Geneva Wednesday night.

       Contrell Muscari of St. Charles scoops up her son Dominic, 6, as she offers encouragement after he completed a 100-yard swim followed by a 1-km run in the Juniors event that was part of the MMTT Splash and Dash race at Cadence Fitness and Health Center in Geneva Wednesday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Makenna Cowhey, 7, of Geneva sports a kitty-themed swim cap for the Juniors event that was part of the MMTT Splash and Dash race at Cadence Fitness and Health Center in Geneva Wednesday night.

       Makenna Cowhey, 7, of Geneva sports a kitty-themed swim cap for the Juniors event that was part of the MMTT Splash and Dash race at Cadence Fitness and Health Center in Geneva Wednesday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Cadence Fitness and Health Center employee Jennifer Parrilli, left, guides athletes during the Juniors event of the MMTT Splash and Dash race at Cadence Fitness and Health Center in Geneva Wednesday night.

       Cadence Fitness and Health Center employee Jennifer Parrilli, left, guides athletes during the Juniors event of the MMTT Splash and Dash race at Cadence Fitness and Health Center in Geneva Wednesday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Members of Team MMTT stretch before the MMTT Splash and Dash swim-and-run race at Cadence Fitness and Health Center in Geneva Wednesday night. A Juniors event (ages 6-10) featured a 100-yard swim followed by a 1-km run, and a Seniors event (ages 11-15) featured a 200-yard swim and 2-km run.

       Members of Team MMTT stretch before the MMTT Splash and Dash swim-and-run race at Cadence Fitness and Health Center in Geneva Wednesday night. A Juniors event (ages 6-10) featured a 100-yard swim followed by a 1-km run, and a Seniors event (ages 11-15) featured a 200-yard swim and 2-km run.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

 
 

Six-year-old Dominic Muscari of St. Charles beamed as he crossed the finish line of his first race, a Splash and Dash event Wednesday night at Cadence Fitness and Health Center in Geneva.

While many of the 75 youth in the event participated as part of training for competitive triathlons, Muscari completed the 100-yard swim followed by a 1-km run following in his family's footsteps.

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"His dad and uncle ran in a Tough Mudder (a 10- to 12-mile obstacle course race) back in May," said Muscari's grandfather Phil Muscari of Bloomingdale, "and I guess you could say he (Dominic) became inspired."

"He just learned to ride his bike this year," said Dominic's mother Contrell, "He asked to do a triathlon, and we figured maybe we'll start with this."

Wednesday night's Splash and Dash is one of 40 annual races offered across the country by USA triathlon and was organized by John Lorenz, director of the MMTT Elite Triathlon Team.

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