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.