LA teen wins division on his first 'tri'

Courtesy of Amit Patel
Vian Patel and his mom, Jeanne Schmitt, stand together after completing the Tri for Fun triathlon.

Vian Patel, a 13-year-old entering eighth grade at Egan Junior High, placed first in the under-14 boys division of the Tri for Fun triathlon Aug. 10 in Herald (Sacramento County).

Vian was the youngest of the more than 100 participants to complete the race, which comprised a half-mile swim in the lake at Rancho Seco Park, a 16-mile bicycle ride and a 3-mile run. The Los Altos resident posted a time of 2 hours, 42 minutes.

In its 13th summer, KLD Soccer Camp draws 300 youngsters to Cooper Park

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This summer’s Kick, Lead and Dream Soccer Camp hosted 300 kids at Cooper Park in Mountain View.

Dozens of countries’ flags rippled through the air at Cooper Park in Mountain View earlier this summer, with each flag representing a team of local kids wanting to spend two weeks of their break playing soccer.

The annual Kick, Lead and Dream (KLD) Soccer Camp has been completely volunteer and donation based since Akash Nigam, then a freshman at Mountain View High, launched it in 2007. Run under the aegis of the Sunnyvale Police Activities League, the camp provides low-income students a place to learn lessons on and off the soccer field.

Cal-bound Carter caps busy summer of swimming

Abbey Liao/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Danielle Carter swims the 100-meter butterfly at the Speedo Junior National Championships earlier this month at Stanford University’s Avery Aquatic Center.

After a summer filled with crack-of-dawn practices and ultra-competitive swim meets, Danielle Carter is finally taking a break.

“It’s nice,” the 2019 graduate of Los Altos High said. “It feels good, but it’s weird not thinking of swimming and practice.”

A peak performance

Courtesy of Jacob Tanz
Jacob Tanz takes a break outside Jackson Hole, Wyo., during his bike tour of the Rocky Mountains.

A top-10 finisher in his age group at the arduous Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon a year ago, Jacob Tanz is a man known for rising to a challenge. Last month the Los Altos resident literally took on an even taller task – and conquered it.

Tanz participated in the Ridge of the Rockies Tour, bicycling nearly 2,000 miles through the Rocky Mountains.

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