Harrisburg, June 24, 2016  − The inaugural “Going for the Goal Sprint Triathlon” will get underway on Sunday, June 26 at 8:15 a.m. at McKeesport High School in McKeesport, honorary chairman Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today.

“The triathlon will bring exceptional athletes to McKeesport to compete in the first of its kind event for the Mon Valley,” Brewster said. “We are taking on a new venture such as the triathlon to showcase McKeesport and its resources.”

The triathlon will benefit the McKeesport Trail Commission and programs operated by the McKeesport-White Oak Kiwanis. All funds raised will go to the commission and the Kiwanis.

The triathlon consists of three events: running, biking and swimming.

The Go for the Goal Sprint Triathlon begins with a quarter-mile swim in the McKeesport High School swimming pool. Then participants will bike 9 miles through McKeesport and onto the Great Allegheny Passage. This will be followed by a 5K run through Renziehausen Park.

Brewster has partnered with the McKeesport Hospital Foundation, McKeesport Area School District, City of McKeesport, the McKeesport Trail Commission and McKeesport-White Oak Kiwanis to put the program together.

“There has been a lot of teamwork involved by all partners and supporters of the triathlon,” Brewster said. “We worked together to create something new that we hope will be an annual event that people of all ages can enjoy.”

Brewster said that roster of participants includes local individuals from the Pittsburgh region plus others as far away as Ohio and California. Race day registrants are also welcome.

“The triathlon is a new and exciting event for the McKeesport area,” Brewster said. “We are all looking forward to a competition that harnesses the energy of the region, creates good will for local residents and highlights the resources of the area,” Brewster said.

The triathlon has significant local support from businesses and community groups.