Keep Calm and "Tri" On was one of the motto's during TriFitness of Fairfield's 4th Annual Norwalk Triathlon and Duathlon Sunday morning.
"I wanted to make sure that people who didn't like to swim could get involved and run instead," said Pascale Butcher, owner of TriFitness. The duathlon was a 1.5 mile run, 11 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile run.
Hundreds of triathletes swam, biked and ran at total of 15 miles, with part of the proceeds benefitting the Caroline House.
"It is a place where many immigrant mothers go to learn English. We teach them English and then they can help their kids with their homework and other things. It's important to give back to your community. There are a lot of charities out there but this one is close to my heart because of the children," added Butcher.
Trifitness' training facility will be moving to Norwalk's new Swim Seventy, which is set to open this fall.
"We will have a dedicated triathlon space for training so we wanted to come out today and support those who are training to help them get better and faster and swim stronger," said Toni Phillips of Swim Seventy.
Participants say the event is a great way to combine many of their athletic interests.
Rachel Bassett participated in the event for the first time last year to celebrate turning 50. "I love swimming and I love biking and this is a great way to give you a purpose to stay fit, stay in shape and stay healthy."
"My mom participated in the event last year and we came to watch. She was inspiring. We've done some 5K races together and other races together so we decided to do this one together" said Ashley Balsano.
"I'm a runner and I also bike sometime. I am about to enter my freshman year of high school and I will be running so it's a good kick off to the school year,"said Katie Bassett.
For more information about TriFitness, visit www.trifitness.net.