Although the start of the new school year is just a few weeks away, the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department is still planning outdoor activities for students, including the sixth annual Splish, Splash and Dash youth triathlon.

The event is scheduled for Aug. 18 at the David H. Madison Community Pool, 2100 Clifton Ave., and adjacent Jeffrey Park.

The Splish, Splash and Dash attracted about 350 participants last year and has grown in attendance each year since its inception in 2013, said Michael Price, director of the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department.

“One of the things we’re really proud of is the numbers of people coming from communities all over,” he said. “We have participants from 20 or 30 communities.”

A four-week training class for the Splish, Slash and Dash begins Tuesday, July 24. Each week focuses on one of the triathlon’s activities – biking, swimming and running – with the fourth week focusing on the transition between activities.

The Splish, Splash and Dash has attracted the attention of neighboring communities, such as the Grandview Heights Parks & Recreation Department, which have contacted Bexley for help with starting their own youth triathlons, Price said.

“The goal is to keep kids active, and if we can do that in multiple places, that’s a win-win for everyone,” he said.

As fall gets underway, several new programs offered by the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department will be geared toward youth. The fall activities brochure is scheduled to be mailed to Bexley residents the week of Monday, July 23. Registration begins at noon Aug. 6 for residents, noon Aug. 8 for nonresidents.

New classes include Youth Athletic Development, a clinic in which trainers will teach youth how to train for sports, and Rookies Baseball, which will offer separate sessions for girls and boys in first and second grades.

“This is based on feedback we’ve received about our first- and second-grade baseball. It’s always had good (participation), but we’ve heard that some of the girls are intimidated” receiving instruction alongside boys, Price said.

The department also will offer a new after-school program for Bexley Middle School students this fall. The program will feature fitness activities on Tuesdays, cooking classes on Wednesdays and science-related educational programming on Thursdays.

The youth recreation programs are based on responses from surveys of the middle school’s students, said Natalie Mullin, the recreation department’s deputy director.

“These activities encompass a lot of the students’ comments,” she said.

For registration and more information for the Splish, Splash and Dash and fall recreation activities, visit www.bexley.org/recreation.

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