Early Saturday morning the Saucon Valley community will rally to help one of their own for the third consecutive year. Organized by Vivian Demko and the “Voices of Hope” Relay for Life team, “Tri for Hailey” is a physical fitness fundraiser designed to assist nine year old Hailey Carroll with her treatment as well as raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Hailey Carroll will be a fourth-grader at Saucon Valley Elementary School. She was diagnosed with a rare form of melanoma while she was in first grade.
Registered participants are broken into three divisions and will swim, run and bike “triathlon style” in the Hellertown Pool and Dimmick Park area. The road in front of the pool (Durham St.) will be closed at 8 a.m. to secure the course for the duration of the race.
Five- to seven-year-olds will kick off the event around 8 a.m. by swimming, running and biking a total of about one mile. This amounts to swimming one lap across the Hellertown Pool, biking one loop around the Dimmick Park driveway area and then running one lap around the park pavilion area where Relay for Life is held.
Once the five- to seven-year-olds are finished, the eight- t0 10-year-olds will swim, run and bike the same general course at an increased distance of about 1.5 miles, while the 11- to 13-year-olds will cover a total of about two miles when the eight to 10-year-olds complete the course. Bicycle helmets are required for all race participants.
There is a $25 entry fee to participate. The registration table for those not pre-registered opens at 7:15 a.m. All participants should be present and available no later than 7:45 a.m. to allow the race to stay on schedule. Racers receive a medal for their efforts and are automatically entered into a post-race raffle. All proceeds benefit children with cancer (including Hailey!) and the American Cancer Society.