3rd annual BoFish Triathlon benefits Shehan Center

The BoFish Triathlon features a 1-mile swim in Pinewood Lake, a 25-mile out-and-back ride, and a 5-mile run around the lake.

The BoFish Triathlon features a 1-mile swim in Pinewood Lake, a 25-mile out-and-back ride, and a 5-mile run around the lake.

BoFish Triathlon / Contributed photo

The 3rd annual BoFish Triathlon presented by Happy Place will take place on May 22 at Trumbull’s Pinewood Lake.

The BoFish Triathlon, features a 1-mile swim in Pinewood Lake, a 25-mile out-and-back ride, and a 5-mile run around the lake, is the brainchild of Ironman finishers Ian Hall, George Bomann, and Andre Schunk.

“Pinewood Lake is beautiful location, and we always thought how great it would be for the local multisport community to stage a triathlon there,” Hall said.

Pinewood Lake members embraced the event first held in 2020 with 30 participants. In 2021 the field expanded to 50 racers, and 2022 will welcome 75 competitors to take on the challenging course.

“After last year’s race, we were excited to continue as the host location to stage this unique, community-driven race,” said PLA Vice President Eric Kudey. “It gives us a great opportunity to showcase our beautiful lake and give our members, the town of Trumbull, and a tight racing community a unique local event to get excited about.”

This year’s race will be capped at 75 participants to keep the BoFish’s unique personalized feel and maintain a safe racing environment.

“We are really happy with the community support we have received,” Schunk said. “Our racers, who have ranged from first-timers to elite triathletes, are so excited to get back to competition, especially in the BoFish environment.”

Robert Consla, a two-time BoFish participant describes the race as “the perfect triathlon - local, challenging, well supported, and the most personalized event I’ve ever done.”

Local business owners have donated prizes for Trumbull resident winners.

Race organizers are proud to once again partner with the Cardinal Shehan Center for the 3rd annual BoFish Triathlon.

“The Shehan Center team is so excited to be a part of the 3rd annual BoFish Triathlon. We think it will be a great influence on our youth for staying active and fit,” Lorraine Gibbons, the Cardinal Shehan Center’s Executive Director, stated.

The Shehan Center is a non-profit organization located in Bridgeport, whose mission is to enrich lives through learning. It offers a variety of programs and activities that address the educational, recreational, cultural, and social needs of moderate and low-income families and young people.

In addition to raising money for the Shehan Center’s recreational needs, the BoFish Triathlon community will continue to provide education on the sport. This year, the BoFish will welcome a few of the Shehan Center youth to participate in a fully chaperoned BoFish Mini Triathlon.