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L.A. Youth Tri

Fourth of July, 2007

Pacific Palisades, California




This is one of our favorite events of the year, put on by two great friends of Exceeding Expectations, Deborah & Doug Hafford.


Always held in conjunction with the popular Palisades Will Rogers 5k and 10K (now celebrating its 30th anniversary), the L.A. Youth Tri is limited to kids 15 years old and under.



Deb & Doug always go out of their way to make sure the participants, many of them doing their very first triathlon, have a terrific time. It's a well-organized and low-stress race, and afterwards there's a big barbecue at the beautiful YMCA pool.


This year was the best ever, as you'll see on the faces of the kids. It started off with meeting Carl Lewis, one of the greatest Olympic champions of all time.







A big thrill for Exceeding Expectations
team member Damien Irons (Jacque's son)




All the Exceeding Expectations kids did
both the 5K and the youth triathlon



It's a huge event, with plenty of room for the



Isi, Marlene and Stephanie mixing it up with the big

boys in the 5K.



Da Coach in the 10K





Josh Rodriquez (Jacques Irons' other son) finishing strong.

He was a double medalist today.




Elizabeth Farnan, great friend of the program who handles
Exceeding Expectations not-for-profit tax matters "pro bono."




Isis, Josh the wiseguy and Brian
waiting for the start of the tri.

(The bike was first, then the run and swim.)




Damien, Josh's brother.




Marlene and Stephanie



Miguel, Isi's brother



Isi and Josh




"Uh, I don't think we're in San Bernardino anymore..."





Josh in bike-to-run transition




Stefanie, stopping to pose.
(We may need to work on that race strategy.)













Coach Cherie lending a hand in the pool to a couple of
Deborah and Doug's "Ninth Street Kids."







Race timers at their laptops. Doug (right) is in the computer business
and hopes to sell the iSunshade concept to Apple for a fortune.




Future athletic wear models, here getting ready to
launch Saucony into the retail stratosphere.
(The clothes came courtesy of one of the many kind souls
who donated race clothing to the program.)




Double-medalist Josh allowing the media a few questions.






Brian flashing his hard-won finisher's medal




No girly-men here.



Too hot to flex with the others, so Marlene opts for shade



Showing respect for the old man, Meli.




Our hosts, Deborah & Doug Hafford




Brian watches the award ceremony



Isi takes second place



Josh gets first!



A splendid time was had by all!



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