A Race For Amy - And For Reston
Trio of South Lakes freshmen want to start kids triathlon to remember their friend.
South Lakes High School freshmen Hannah Becker, Olivia Wolfe and Kacey Hirshfeld love sports. So did their friend Amy Boyle.
Boyle battled a brain tumor for several years, but died in 2008. Since then, her friends have founded "Amy's Amigos," a student group that raises money for the American Cancer Society. Amy's Amigos was the top youth fundraising group at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life at South Lakes last spring.
The group has raised $24,000 through movie nights, candy sales and special events over the last three years.
Becker, Wolfe and Hirshfeld - who play soccer for the ODSL Fireballs, swim for Reston Swim Team Association's Glade Gators and play on South Lakes' field hockey teams - now want to start their own sporting event fundraiser: a kids triathlon in Reston.
"Amy was big into sports," said Hirshfeld.
Added Wolfe: "We want to do something in her memory that inspires kids to get outside and get active."
Hirshfeld's mother, Diana, and Becker's mother, Maureen, have trained together and completed the Reston Triathlon several times.
"Everyone is so active in Reston," said Hannah Becker. "We want to do what the parents do, but smaller. We would love to start something that would still be here in Reston after we go to college."
The girls are still working on a date for the race, and are working with Reston Association and USA Triathlon, the sport's governing body, for an exact distance and course.
They envision it as something children as young as age six could enter. The swim portion would be at the Ridge Heights Pool, the bike portion nearby, and the running part on Reston paths. The finish line would be at the high school track, in similar fashion to the Reston Triathlon.
Want to race in or volunteer for the Amy's Amigo's kids triathlon? Reston Patch will keep you updated to exact dates and registration information soon.