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For the first time in the YWCA York Y-Tri Sprint Triathlon's 12-year existence, men are being welcomed to join.

“We made this decision to bring a different flavor to this year’s event," Tara Neff, fitness director of the YWCA, said in a news release. "It’s the 125th anniversary of YWCA York and, since we are now a gender-neutral organization, it made sense to try something new.”

The June 26 triathlon features a 500-yard serpentine indoor pool swim, a 15-mile road bike ride and a 5K outdoor run at the York College Grumbacher Sports and Fitness Center, 441 Country Club Road. Relay teams can be formed to divide the events by personal strengths, Neff said.

Jim Schmuck, a 70-year-old participant in this year's triathlon, said he's gathered a group of friends to join him in the races.

"I was looking for a sprint to do as a swan song when I came across YWCA York's Y-Tri," he said in a news release. "Getting some friends to join me is always a motivator, so I began to recruit people. We're looking forward to doing this together."

In order to help prepare people for the race, the YWCA is offering Sunday bike rides starting at 9 a.m. and leaving from the Grumbacher Center.

Registration for the event runs through June 26 and can be done online at the YWCA York website, ywcayork.org. The cost is $70 for individuals and $120 for relay teams.

For more information about the YWCA York Y-Tri, email Neff at tneff@ywcayork.org.

— Reach Katherine Ranzenberger at kranzenberger@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDKatherine

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