Fuquay-Varina’s South Lakes Hosts Kids In Training Youth Triathlon – Fuquay


FUQUAY-VARINA, NC – July 15, 2013 – On Sunday July 14, Fuquay-Varina kids from ages 5 to 17 got a chance to be active and healthy. The Kids In Training Youth Triathlon – Fuquay took place in the prestigious South Lakes community and was open to any active-minded kids. The event brought athletes from surrounding areas including Morrisville, Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, Apex, Angier, Kure Beach, Warsaw, Sanford, Leland and Ft. Bragg as well as Virginia and Pennsylvania.

“The kids had a great time at the Youth Triathlon yesterday, which is very important when you are trying to inspire them in a lifetime of fitness,” says Maylene Jackson of Kids In Training. “We can have great, fun days full of cheers and competition but we get here through daily activity, preparing us for that challenge – very much like many of the other challenges these kids will face throughout their lifetime. Thanks to the great community of South Lakes for hosting our event and we look forward to returning next year.”

The event began at 8:30 a.m. with four age-divided heats of 5-to-7-year-olds, 8-to-10-year-olds, 11-to-14-year-olds, and 15-to-17-year-olds. The event consisted of a swim, then a bike ride and finally a run – all at age-appropriate distances. More than 70 kids participated with awards given to all who finished, the top three male and female participants in each age group and special recognition is given to the participant who exemplifies the best KIT character. Awards recipients were:

  • KIT Character: Brandon Vance
  • 5-7 Age Group Female: Maris Toppin,  Brooke Emore, Hailey Pham
  • 5-7 Age Group Male: Grant Klein, Jack Wallace, Landon Benninghoff
  • 8-10 Age Group Female: Sierra Skelding, Julia Emore, Ellie Stocking
  • 8-10 Age Group Male: Grayson McMurray, Noah Masier, Gustav Cedergrund
  • 11-14 Age Group Female: Gillian Scott, Katherine Hurlbert, Evelyn Garey
  • 11-14 Age Group Male: Ethan DellaMaestra, Roman Martinez, Jayson Arendt
  • 15-17 Age Group Male: Jose Martinez

“Creating opportunities for active, healthy and family-centric living is a focus for South Lakes,” says Vanessa Jenkins, Preston Development Company, the South Lakes community developer. “Our neighborhoods are designed to support events like the Kids In Training Youth Triathlon. South Lakes was the perfect setting for rallying families around kids who are choosing to develop healthy exercise habits.”

For more information about how Kids In Training works with children and their families to create an active and nutritious lifestyle by using natural surroundings to build a healthy community while sustaining a strong environment for all please visit www.KidsInTraining.org.

To learn more about South Lakes and other communities offered by Preston Development, please visit www.SouthLakesLiving.com and www.PrestonDev.com.


Kids in Training is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission of working with kids and their families in creating an active and nutritious lifestyle. We utilize our natural surroundings to create a healthier community, playing in, and sustaining, a stronger environment for all. KIT produces events to inspire activity outdoors, conduct programs so families can incorporate better nutrition and fitness habits in their lifestyle and also provides funding for those who otherwise could not have access to these programs.

KIT began in August 2003 with a kid triathlon in Morrisville, NC.  It was planned by a few health-conscious moms looking for a fun outlet for kids to explore physical fitness.  Since that time, KIT has continued into a year-round program that services approximately 2,000 families per year throughout North Carolina and surrounding states.  For more information please visit www.KidsInTraining.org.


Cary-based Preston Development Company is recognized as one of the premier development teams in the nation. Founders Tim Smith and Julian “Bubba” Rawl have been honored with numerous accolades from private and public industry organizations, including the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County who has named them Developer of the Year numerous times.

Over the past 30 years, Preston has established a reputation for planning and producing only the highest quality development projects. The company has brought to life over 35 communities including Prestonwood Country Club, Landfall, Cameron Pond (twice recognized as the North Carolina Community of the Year), Wakefield, Camden Forest, MacGregor West, Wessex and Weston Estates. In all Preston has been involved in the development and sales of more than 10,000 homes.   Preston is also known for its upscale commercial retail projects including The Arboretum, Preston Corners,  Preston Walk and numerous restaurants and office buildings.  Preston Development has earned a reputation of being synonymous with excellence in North Carolina residential development. For more information about the Preston Development Company history, team and commitment to excellence, please visit www.PrestonDev.com.