Boca Raton Youth Triathlon was for a good cause as all of the proceeds went to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding effective treatments for people suffering from neurofibromatosis.
Parkland’s Mitchel Zelman, 36, first became involved in the foundation’s partnership with triathlons when he raced in the Ironman Florida event in 2014.
Zelman’s 9-year-old daughter, Taliah, participated in the race. It was only her second triathlon.
“I do it because my dad does it and you can do it for fundraising and for a kids’ foundation,” said Zelman, a fourth-grader at Riverglades Elementary School. “At the beginning, I try to go slow and then fast at the end. That is what I focus on. I think the best part about it is seeing my dad’s face when I finish.”