June 25th, 2013
Los Angeles, CA — June 25, 2013 — One with the Water®, a non-profit swim school dedicated to teaching life-changing swimming skills to kids and adults — many of them with disabilities or special needs — was honoured for its mission and achievements this June with a generous grant from the Los Angeles Triathlon Club earmarked for 32 special-needs students and at-risk youth. The grant will cover a complete program of small-group swim lessons, taking each child from no water experience to basic water safety and swimming ability — all in about four hours, or eight sessions at the Culver City Municipal Plunge.

The 2,000 member, thirteen-year-old LA Tri Club has recently expanded its focus to include philanthropy, founding the Coast2Coast Swim Challenge to help raise money for under-served and at-risk youth to learn basic water skills that can prevent tragic incidents of childhood drowning. “The LA TRI Club has made an impact on kids all over the southland,” says LA TRI Club board member Larry Turkheimer. “Now, once again, we have stepped forward to help an organization have the ability to give kids the opportunity to swim, exercise, and most importantly, feel accomplished.”

Turkheimer was inspired to donate to One with the Water after seeing the benefits made from last year’s Coast2Coast Swim Challenge proceeds. “I was approached by Coach Kenneth Rippetoe of One with the Water to see if the LA TRI Club and Coast2Coast Swim Challenge would be interested in supporting their programs. Last year we helped 20 needy kids learn to swim through One with the Water. This year, One with the Water has partnered with CoachArt, a non-profit offering free lessons in the arts and athletics to patients ages 6-18 living with chronic illnesses such as Arthritis, Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Sickle Cell Disease and severe Asthma. Siblings of patients are also included in the program.”

Grants and donations to One with the Water pay exclusively for pool space, insurance, and instruction for kids and families with limited financial means. Especially during the nation’s budget crisis, many schools lack the financial resources, personnel and facilities to provide athletic programs or physical therapy for children with special needs. One with the Water aims to fill that need, with specially-trained instructors and a nimble, low-overhead, non-profit model of operation.

One with the Water offers competitive swim training and year-round swim instruction for children and adults with a wide variety of skill levels, from total beginner to competitive athlete. In addition to their national-level competitive swimming skills, One with the Water’s instructors are trained to work with children and adults diagnosed with autism, Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD, sensory integration, anxiety, Down and CHARGE syndrome, auditory processing disorders and dyslexiaand others. Founder and Head Coach Kenneth Rippetoe, certified by the American Swimming Coach Association Disability Level 3, was featured on the Sundance Channel’s documentary program ‘Push Girls’, working with paraplegic swimmer Mia Schaikewitz.

Since its founding, One with the Water has given out over $20,000 in scholarships to needy students and changed the lives of 400 swimmers in total. One father — whose son is on the Autism Spectrum — reported that his son “really responded to [head Coach Kenneth Rippetoe], and looks forward to his class more than anything else right now. After the first class, he suddenly looked forward to and enjoyed swimming, as opposed to dreading it. He made huge strides, the biggest he has ever made, working with [One with the Water].”

Tax-deductible donations to the “Pay-It-Forward” scholarship program of One with the Water, a 501(c)(3), can be made at the organization’s website: OneWithTheWater.org/donate.aspx.

LA Tri Club is pleased to share some exciting news from our sponsor, PÜR PAK



Wellness Company Introduces New Line of All-In-One Multivitamin And Mineral Packet                                                                                

LOS ANGELES (June 11, 2013)Pür Pak, an all-natural revolutionary line of active performance supplements, is pleased to debut its carbonated flavors – Tangy Berry, Citrus and Super Green.  Launching this month, Pür Pak’s new refreshing fizzy option ensures complete, on-the-go- nutrition, is easier and tastier than ever before.       

Understanding the difficulty in balancing an active lifestyle and maintaining proper nutrition, one .5 ounce packet of Pür Pak in 8 ounces of water delivers a unique combination of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, electrolytes and powerful supplements.  Together these ingredients help promote a healthier immune system, replenish electrolytes, enhance physical and mental performance and provide healthy natural energy throughout the day.   The all-natural ingredients combined with sodium bicarbonate give Pür Pak its light, sparkling, effervescent fizz.

Two time Ironman World Champion triathlete Chris “Macca” McCormack says it’s the best in supplementation he’s come across.  “My partnership with Pür Pak was really as organic as the product itself. For me it is my complete supplementation program in a simple easy to use packet. It ensures that I can continue to train at the highest level and absorb the workloads I am doing. The powdered version ensures that greater quantities are absorbed and the quality of the ingredients selected are pharmaceutical grade so I feel it;s effects immediately, it’s quality is far superior to anything I have ever used. Without Pür Pak my preparation is not as good as it can be.  I am enjoying it very much across many spectrums as an athlete”

“As a working Mom, so many things can get in the way of eating properly; with a hectic schedule it was important for me to create a product that will simplify the nutritional needs of people in search of a power packed, tasty, refreshing, natural way to get extra nutritional support throughout the day” said Gina Baski, founder of Pür Pak. “Pür Pak, is the all-in-one solution to help active people complete a balanced approach to healthy living.” 

Pür Pak is packaged in .5 oz. packets and retails online for delivery. A one week sample box retails for $18, a 28 day supply box is $49 and a recurring monthly subscription for a 28-day box is $39 per month. For more information and to purchase Pür Pak, please visit www.livepurpak.com.

About Pür Pak

Three years ago TriFit Club and Studios founders Gina & Bernard Baski’s and ABC President Stephen McPherson lives intersected.  As one of the busiest execs in Hollywood, Steve was at a cross roads with his health, he came to Gina & Bernard in search of a healthy solution to his high stress lifestyle.  Pür Pak was born out of the Baski’s and Stephen’s personal knowledge, experience, and frustration with what they found was lacking in the marketplace; a complete, easy to use nutritional solution.  World champion triathlete Chris “Macca” McCormack has recently joined forces as Pür Pak’s head brand ambassador.

After three years the team received FDA approval and finalized Pür Pak’s ingredients, Pür Pak launched into the market in 2012. All Pür Pak products are: pharmaceutical grade, gluten-free, dairy-free, GMO free, contain only 15 calories per serving and less than 2 grams of sugar, with no artificial colors or sweeteners, ultimately creating a simple and all-natural solution for healthy living.

This weekend, 6/15 in Marina del Rey, DISC Sport & Spine w Heartfelt Cardiac Projects are offering Cardiac Screening >> don't miss this opportunity to get your ticker checked. For the basic info, go here: 

TO REGISTER for your slot and get this important service, GO HERE: 
http://www.heartfeltcardiacprojects.org/ and click on "Schedule a Screening" link at the top of the page

All are welcome to take advantage of this offer, LATCers, friends, family... the more, the merrier. Sign up today! Be safe out there. 

The Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge (C2C) is the most important swim you'll do all year!  That's because every lap you swim will help raise funds for disadvantaged LA kids to learn how to be safe in the water and discover the fun of swimming.

 LA Tri Club established the C2C three years ago to do something about the epidemic of child drownings in our community: more kids under 14 in California die from drowning than any other cause and LA County has the highest rate of near-drowning accidents in the State.  

 The C2C concept is simple: meet up with a couple hundred of your buddies; swim as many or as few laps as you like; get a free massage and goodies from sponsors afterwards.  I'm returning for my third year at the C2C and doubt there will be a slower swimmer in the pool. At the C2C this just doesn't matter because everyone who participates is part of a winning campaign that in its first two years has raised over $40,000 and taught 1,450 LA kids how to swim.  I would not miss this event because I know what it does, it HELPS young kids feel safe in the water, something most of us can not imagine. Read more about how you can swim to save lives! See you in the water on the 2nd of June.


LA Tri Club announces the NEVER EVERS Triathlon. This triathlon is for LA Tri Club members only and only for those who have never done a triathlon before. The LATC Never-Ever Triathlon will be held on May 19th on a course hand picked for the first timer and each participant will be paired with a veteran LA Tri Club member to serve as a mentor for our Never Ever participants. 

The location is Hansen Dam Aquatic Center (in Los Angeles, NE corner of San Fernando Valley, where 118 meets the 210). The race distance is 300m-1 loop swim, 10k-3 loop bike and 2.5k-3 loop run (in imperial that's 328yd swim, 6mi bike, 1.5mi run). The swim takes place in the 4th largest swimming pool in North American. The City calls it a "swimming lake" and for good reason, this is chlorinated "lake" is a pool 150 yards long, 40 yards wide, with tapered sides and only 5 feet at the deepest point. It will provide the calmest, clearest, safest swim imaginable! The bike takes place inside the Hansen Dam Park on a closed road and, other than one small bump to manage each lap, it's a very flat course. The run is pretty flat too and mixes in trail, grass and a bit of side walk/parking lot. The multi lap format allows friends and family members to see each participant every few minute for a chance to cheer. The day ends with a picnic in the park served by a gourmet food truck.


To register for the LA Tri Club Never-Ever Event, visit our RSVP page and grab your $55 entry. This event is limited to the first 40 that sign up so don't delay.


If you missed the Hunter Kemper meeting last month you can read the Transcript of the meeting here. This is a fascinating way to see how dynamic Hunter Kemper is and why he's a 4X Olympian.

Interviewed by LA Tri Club's Head Coach Ian Murray.  

Hunter Kemper Transcript of LA Tri Club Meeting 

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