Youth and adult physically challenged athletes (ages 7 and up) will have the opportunity to learn about participating in paratriathlons at the Mid-Atlantic Region Paratriathlon clinic April 21-22 at the Bennett Institute for Physically Challenged Sports, 3835 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore.
The clinic will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day and costs $10 (youth), $12 (adult) or free for USAT members. Lunch is provided.
Topics covered will be swim, bike, run, transition, nutrition and gear. Equipment fitting and maintenance will also be discussed.
Head coach Hector Torres and other top wheelchair and amputee coaches will lead the clinic. Individualized fitness assessments will be given and a youth mini-triathlon will be held at the end of the second day.
TriColumbia's June 24 Celebrating Heroes Triathlon will have a paratriathlon division, according to Maura Dunnigan, one of the paratiathlon clinic organizers.
"The triathlon has been approved for the 2016 Paralympics," said Kim Romanchuk, also one of the clinic organizers. Romanchuk's son, Daniel, is a para-athlete.
For more information on the clinic, go to http://www.usatriathlon.org/events/usat/2012/04/042212-usatma-paratri-clinic.aspx.