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Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 1:14 am | Updated: 7:00 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Four men are on a mission to promote health and wellness through the growth of local triathlons. “We plan on doing this by increasing awareness of the sport, sponsoring races and athletes, and supporting youth development,” said Marc Rubin, a Scottsdale attorney and one of the founders of Tri-Scottsdale Foundation.

Rubin along with professional triathlete Lewis Elliot, Jeff Suffolk (president of Red Rock Co. — a sports marketing corporation specializing in multi-sport events) and C. Preston Miller (entrepreneur and former Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year) have come together to form a nonprofit organization dedicated to the sport of triathlon.

“We will do the following: (1) the portal to everything triathlon in the Scottsdale and greater Phoenix area; (2) while we are not race directors, we have partnered with the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation,” Rubin said. “With the Komen Foundation’s blessing, we will help put on at least two major events in the coming year; (3) we will provide charitable donations to underprivileged children and, (4) we will provide financial support to some triathletes.”

The group is in the process of having a Web site created, which it expects to become the portal for everything triathlon in the greater Phoenix area.

TriScottsdale.com will list bike shops, swim stores and running companies. In addition, it will have links to all triathlon, running, cycling and swimming clubs and their respective directors. The site will also list all of the times and gathering places of local workouts.

The group’s first triathlon event is scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend at Tempe Town Lake (see Get In the Game).

“These services will be free to the consumer,” Rubin emphasized.

As far as charitable contributions, Tri-Scottsdale wants to “make a difference in the lives of people who want to participate in our sport.”

“One way that we would like to make a difference is to buy at least 50 bikes this year for underprivileged kids,” Rubin said.

The group also plans to provide at least $20,000 in support of the triathlon community to help kids either just out of school or in school meet their financial needs while competing.

In addition to several other elite athletes, the foundation will support Elliot (www.LewisElliot.com).

Elliot is the top pro male triathlete in the area and one of the best in the country. During the past year, Lewis has won more than 10 races and fared very well in many more.

“Next year, we anticipate that Lewis will continue to win everything on a local and regional level and do very well on the national scene — including an Ironman victory,” Rubin said.

Rubin not only supports the local triathlon effort, he has participated in Ironman competitions and would like to compete at the Hawaii Ironman event in the near future.

COLD FACTS

The Polar Bears won their third consecutive tournament in 17 days last week when the under-16AA midget hockey team, which practices at Polar Ice in Chandler, beat the Alaska Junior Aces 4-3 in overtime to win the Phoenix President’s Day Invitational crown.

“We are having a very great year,” coach Brad Berman said. “We started working with this group when they were 10 years old and a lot of them have played together for five to six years.”

The Bears opened the tournament on Feb. 15 with a 5-4 loss to the Aces, which broke a 10-game winning streak. But they rebounded with a 7-1 rout of Denver’s DU Junior Pioneers, a 3-3 tie against the San Jose Junior Sharks and a 6-2 semifinal win over the Calgary Blackhawks.

In the finals, which was the Bears’ 68th game of the season, Phoenix never trailed as the team improved to 50-14-4.

The 16-and-younger team also picked up titles in a Thanksgiving tournament, at the South West Youth Hockey League tournament in Salt Lake City and the Arizona State U16AA Championships.

Team members, who are all from the East and Southeast Valley are: Ben Berey, Chance Berman, Taylor Dustin, Chase Gertsch, Gary Higgs, Skyler Keyser, Quinn Mason, Jake Nichols, Ben Oskroba, Alex Pashkowski, Joseph Saeger, Maxim Sankey, Curtis Shoptaw, Nick Short, Ryan Smock, Ryan Sonnabend, Marty Schwant, Ryan Tuinstra and Keith Utter. They are coached by Brad Berman, Dean Schwant and Joel Glener.

The Polar Bears are now preparing for a trip to the Rocky Mountain District playoffs March 8-11 in Dallas.

“We are in the top seed bracket,” Brad Berman said, “which is a good thing because three of the four teams in the top bracket move on to nationals.”

The USA Hockey Rocky Mountain District comprises Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

SETTING THE BAR

Records fell when the Chandler-based Arizona Cheetahs took to the track and the field at the USATF Arizona 17th annual Indoor Classic and Western Zone Junior Olympic Indoor Championship on Feb. 18 at Northern Arizona University.

Cadijah Caldwell-Harris broke the youth girl long jump record previously held by Arizona State’s Jacqueline Johnson since 1998. The old mark was 17 feet, 2-1/4. Caldwell-Harris hit 17-5. Cole Luke broke the midget boys 60-meter hurdle record (held since 2002 by Chandler High School’s Bryce Lamb). Luke posted a time of 10.42 to top Lamb’s mark of 10.53.

And Hannah Carson broke her own youth girls shot put record of 41-5 1/4 with a toss of 42-7 1/2.

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