Fast Start 9 Kicks Off With Pasta Party

Fast Start 9—just two weeks away on February 1—will kick off with a pasta dinner the night before featuring speaker Chris Sadowski, a local parent and triathlete who received national recognition for his participation in the 2004 World Ironman (Triathlon) Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

The race is tough enough—including a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bicycle ride and 26.2 mile run—but a crash part way through the competition made the challenge infinitely more difficult. His ultimate completion of the competition—in spite of injuries—made national news. He’ll share his story of commitment and perseverance at the dinner.

“It is a story of true grit, determination, and commitment that will benefit all and provide us with the extra motivation to complete any task,” said Scott Millson, local parent and founder of the Fast Start competition.

Healthy School Team leaders this week are sending home personal confirmation statements detailing each participating child’s specific events as well as information about the Fast Start Pasta Party. It will be held at 6 p.m. January 31 in the Winter Park High School cafeteria. The cost for the dinner, which features Olive Garden food, is $5 per person (ages 2 and under are free; families of 4+ are flat $20).

It’s a chance “to enjoy some great pasta and help get the kids excited for the race the following day,” said Millson.

To ensure there is enough food for everyone, families are required to register and pay for the pasta party in advance. Families can use the paper registration form they get with the Fast Start Confirmation notices this week, or they can register on line by going to the Fast Start web page at . Click on “The Event” and scroll to the bottom of “The Event” page to make a payment for the dinner.

The Fast Start Track and Field Invitational event is held at Showalter Field in Winter Park. It is a free, day-long event for students in Aloma, Audubon Park, Brookshire, Cheney, Dommerich, Hungerford, Lake Sybelia and Lakemont elementary schools and is designed to help inspire a love of running and other physical activity.