iDream Athletes scholarship spotlight: Stella and Scarlett Slingsby

iDream Athletes scholarship spotlight: Stella and Scarlett Slingsby

iDream Athletes scholarship spotlight: Stella and Scarlett Slingsby

Scarlett and Estelle Slingsby are two incredible young athletes who have a passion for mountain biking. They have been working hard and performing exceptionally well in the NICA series, with both sisters currently leading their respective categories. Their love for the sport has driven them to dream of competing at the national level, and their hard work has paid off as they are both preparing to compete in the national cross country mountain bike championships in Pennsylvania this July.

Scarlett and Estelle have been given a scholarship to help cover the costs of traveling to the national competition. This support has made it possible for the sisters to achieve their dream of competing at the national level and take the next step in their racing careers.

Scarlett and Estelle are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to compete at the national level. They both have high hopes and aspirations for the competition, and they are ready to push themselves to the limit. Scarlett is determined to finish in the top twenty and challenge herself against higher level athletes in a bigger field. She hopes that competing in national races will help define her future in mountain biking and open up new opportunities.

Estelle is also eager to take part in the competition and learn new strategies in a more competitive environment. She hopes to finish in the top twenty in at least one of her races and is excited to race short track, a new challenge for her. Her goal for the future is to continue her love for the sport while being on a competitive team in college.

Mountain biking has been a passion for the Slingsby family for many years, and it has brought them together through shared experiences and challenges. Scarlett and Estelle’s achievements are a testament to their hard work and dedication, and they have proven themselves as talented young athletes. We wish them all the best as they take on this exciting challenge.

Learn More about the iDream Athletes foundation, donate or apply for a scholarship. 

Summer Swim League Announcement

Summer Swim League Announcement

Asheville Swim League
Asheville Swim League

The Asheville Swim League is an opportunity to learn and practice swim skills in a coached, yet low pressure setting.

quote by Asheville Swim League participant 

This summer, the Asheville Swim League is excited to announce the return of the summer swim league at Patton Park Pool in Hendersonville, NC. Come join us for nine weeks of swimming fun under the guidance of Coach Susan and Coach Jay! 

Admission into the pool is just $5 per person or you can use a pool punch card or summer pool pass purchased through the Hendersonville YMCA. Every Saturday morning from June 3rd to July 29th, participants will be able to enjoy 8:30am-9:30am of coached instruction. 

In addition, several dates throughout the league will offer triathlon swim clinics for the Tril Local Community for those who want to take their competitive skills to the next level. Make sure you don’t miss out on all that this summer swimming league has to offer! Save the dates and plan to join us this summer. 

What is the Summer Swim League? The intention of the swim league is to build and grow a swimming community in WNC. All levels and abilities of swimmers will be training together in a friendly, cohesive, structured and coached GROUP atmosphere.

How is the AVL Swim League structured? Novice/Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced/Expert Swim Groups with swim leaders and pool-side support and instruction.

Where is the summer league held?  
Patton Park Pool, Hendersonville, NC

When is the swim league? 

Saturday, June 3 thru Saturday, July 29th

8am - warm-ups, 8:30am-9:30am coached instruction and workouts

How many lanes? We will have at least three lanes reserved for the Swim League. 

How much does it cost to attend?

1. The coaches, facility usage fees, operational expenses and swim programming are paid for through the iDream Athletes Foundation scholarship fund.  Please consider making a donation to iDream Athletes Foundation when you attend each swim session. These funds will be used to pay for the swim league. 

2. The Swim League is a $5 admission fee to the Hendersonville YMCA for pool usage. YMCA Punch cards and Summer pool memberships are also accepted. 

Contact support@idaph.net with questions!



- Each swim session will be have swim coaches on the deck to assist in stroke technique and training. 

- The Swim League is eight weeks Saturday morning from June 3rd to July 29th

- The summer swim league will not have advance sign-ups or reservations. If we need to modify this throughout the summer and implement a limit on participants we reserve the right to do this. 

- A workout for various swim abilities and levels is provided at each swim session. 


- All abilities are welcome. No matter if you are a semi-pro swimmer out of shape and ready to get back into the pool or a complete newbie that wants to learn swim strokes or an athlete interested in trying your first triathlon this summer. We have a spot reserved for you! 

- You do not have to be a YMCA member to participate. 

- Consider making a donation to iDream Athletes Foundation to assist in the expenses of offering this program, including coaching and pool fees. Donations can be accepted at the swim league or online. Email support@idaph.net for more info. 



Asheville Swim League

More info and sign up sheet coming soon! Stay tuned! 


Follow the iDream Athletes Foundation Facebook page for more updates! 

Pro Triathlete Sarah Alexander swimming

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Results for the Hendersonville Triathlon

Results for the Hendersonville Triathlon

The results to the Hendersonville Triathlon are in!

Thank you triathletes! It was a chilly morning for a swim, bike and run in-person event, but you did it! Our iDaph Team LOVED seeing all of your happy and smiling faces Sunday morning. Thank you for being a part of our events, and for supporting our local triathlon community.

Awards for the Hendersonville Triathlon

Awards can be picked up at Fleet Feet Asheville starting on Wednesday the 23rd. If you are out of town, we will ship the awards to you. Not sure? Please email support@idaph.net

Thank you race partners!

A huge thank you to our partners! Without them, these events would not happen in our community. Thank you City of Hendersonville, YMCA of Western North Carolina, Fleet Feet Asheville, PT Solutions, Asheville School, Patton Pool and Patton Park, Sycamore Cycles, Yam, and Hendough Chicken and Donuts.

College Team Category Winners!

Great job Milligan Buffaloes! Your team is the overall winner of our College and High School Team Category! And all that after getting a flat on the way to the event and missing your original start time!

Total time for the Team was 4 hours, 52 minutes. King College overall time was 5 hours, 21 minutes. We LOVE having college and high school athletes at our events and we appreciate your support and participation.

Special shout out to these amazing racers!

John Smith: Got a flat on the bike course and ran 3 miles in his bike shoes. Woah!

Bill Deaton: Got a flat, fixed it, and went back and did the swim portion AGAIN to start all over again. Wow!


Congratulations to our overall winners!

Male Overall Winner: Sonni Dyer, 52, from Charlotte, NC, finished 1st overall, with a final time of 01:03:22.

Female Overall Winner: Faith Powell, 19 from Erwin, TN, with a final time of 01:06:07.


Milligan college athlete at Hendersonville Triathlon
cyclist at Hendersonville Triathlon

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Hendersonville Triathlon Swim Wave Starts & Cue Sheets

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swimmer at asheville triathlon

Welcome to the 2020 Hendersonville Triathlon on September 20th!


If you haven’t already…

#1 Please READ through our DIGITAL EVENT GUIDE. 

#2 You can also LISTEN to our Podcast with race info HERE

#3 CHECK OUT THE HUB MAP HERE and get familiar with the event hub before you arrive on race day. 

#4 Updated RACE MAPS with DETOURS due to Flooding – BIKE and RUN


To find your wave and start time, search for your name on the Official Swim Start List below:


Click HERE –> Hendersonville Triathlon Swim Start List 


Info about the order/wave start list and how it will work on race day….

• Swim start waves have been assigned based on the swim time you submitted when you registered.

• Participants are assigned a wave start, rather than an exact start time. It is a ‘rolling’ wave start. Swimmers will start every minute in a time trial start format. 

• The PT Solutions provided, socially distanced ‘circle’ spots are the locations that you will stand around the pool to wait for your start. These are first come, first serve, within the wave. There is no ‘order’ to folks within the wave that you are in. Everyone that is in your wave submitted a similar swim start time.

• Please do not arrive early for your swim start wave. This isn’t an event to just stand around and hang out.

• You will only be allowed onto the pool deck 5 minutes prior to your swim wave.

• There are NO swim warm-ups.

•  We are limiting the number of participants in the pool zone at one time.

• Before you enter the pool area, PT Solutions will screen you for COVID symptoms, take your temperature, and hand you a disposable mask which you must then wear after you leave the PT Solutions tent and walk into the pool area. You must wear your mask up until you jump into the pool.


When you go to the pool to start you will:

#1 Put your shoes for the swim to bike transition, under the picnic shelter. This is the side exit area for the swim finish that is to the far left side of the pool when facing the building from the parking lot. (see hub map)

Then next…

#2 Have a brief COVID19 screening and get your temperature checked by PT Solutions right before you enter the MAIN ENTRANCE of the pool (see hub map).
Then next…

#3 You will find the next available ‘SPOT’ on the pool deck to stand on. Get in line.


#4 These circles are socially distanced around the pool deck.
#5 Participants will start approximately every minute, and will jump into the pool at the deep end. (for swim flow and maps see Event Guide)
#6 Participants will move up in line, onto a new circle in front of them as participants start their swim.

Can’t wait to see you on Sunday morning!





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Asheville Triathlon Recap: How we put on a triathlon during coronavirus

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John Smith and Connor Smith with masks on at Asheville Triathlon

With just over 100 participants on Sunday, July 19th, the iDaph Events team proved that, with an abundance of planning and safety precautions, successful live endurance events are still a possibility for our community.  Participants donned face coverings before and after the event, had their temperatures checked and kept themselves socially distanced from other participants. Those safety precautions certainly didn’t hinder the irreplaceable excitement of an in-person event, and participants were happy to be racing again in a competitive environment. 

“This coronavirus has really forced us to make some big changes in the endurance event industry,” says Daphne Kirkwood, Owner of iDaph Events and Race Director for the Asheville Triathlon event.  “And there just isn’t a cookie cutter way to design and produce an in-person event during a pandemic. But I’m really happy with how safely everything turned out for this in-person, multi-sport event.”

Patton Park was a great alternative to our previous venue in Asheville, due to its proximity to the Oklawaha Greenway, and its large 50 meter pool. Patton Park is maintained by the YMCA of Western North Carolina and owned by the City of Hendersonville. 

Race Results - Top Finishers

The overall female and male winners and new course record holders of the Asheville Triathlon in Hendersonville, were Jenn Stanton and Ricky Flynn. Jenn Stanton is a pro triathlete from Charlotte, NC and had a time of 1:15:46. Ricky Flynn, also a pro triathlete and from Greenville, SC, completed the course in 58:23.


Sonni Dryer, who’s the head triathlon coach for Queens University in Charlotte, was 2nd in the men’s division with a time of 1:05:22. Abby Smith was the second place female finisher with a time of 01:16:38. Abby’s brother, Connor Smith, came in third in the overall male category with a time of 01:06:18. Both Abby and Connor are locals, and currently attend Asheville School. CLICK HERE FOR RACE RESULTS

Changes due to COVID-19

In order to ensure the participant’s safety, transition zones looked a bit different this year. Instead of having bike racks set up in a typical transition zone, participants were asked to transition at their vehicles. With a sprawling parking lot dedicated to the transition zone, participants were asked to keep all of their equipment, bikes and gear in their vehicles. 

“This type of transition provided a contactless and socially distanced event throughout the entire transition from swim to bike, and from bike to run,” Daphne said. “And people could just keep their bikes on their bike racks at their cars until they got into transition. It went really well. They had plenty of room to set up their things in front of, behind, beside and or in the median/grass area. We also had spaces in between some cars giving additional space.”

The swim format also looked different this year. This year, participants were given a wave start time based on the swim time they submitted when they signed up for the event. They were given a  full minute before the next swimmer entered the pool, which usually gave them an entire lane to themselves. We also socially-distanced participants, 6 feet apart using circular, removable stickers on the pool deck, while they were waiting for their turn to swim. We never had more than 25 swimmers at the pool or on the deck at a time. Everything was very spaced out from start to finish. No spectators were allowed at the pool or at the finish line. 

“Overall, the event took a few hours longer to get everyone through the swim, which is quite a change from the Asheville Triathlon in the past, but that was our way of making sure swimmers were properly spaced apart, socially-distanced and safe,” Daphne said. 

Other changes to the event included increased signage regarding safety protocols and sanitization, temperature checks at the entrance (conducted by PT Solutions), a drive through packet pickup the day before the event, and the absence of an after-race party. Participants were asked to bring their own nutrition and water, and to wear masks before and after the event. Spectators were asked to wear masks at all times, and were limited to a small number of designated, socially distanced spectator cheer zones on the course.

The event did have its hiccups…

There was some confusion at this year’s event out on the bike course, and that’s where the presence of volunteers were sorely missed. 

“We had to cut back on volunteers this year due to COVID and, although we tried to emphasize prior to the event that participants should check out the race resources with our social media course previews, course maps, a digital event guide and pre-ride or drive the courses, not everyone took advantage of these opportunities. In a socially-distanced event participants really have to pay attention to where they are going. Since there is so much space in between participants it is nearly impossible to follow someone around on the courses.  I know when you’re in RACE MODE it’s sometimes easy to miss course markings on the pavement and yard signs with arrows, etc. Next time we will continue to emphasize the importance of knowing the courses and the markings.” said Daphne. 

“The bike route had a quarter mile gravel section on it so that didn’t work well with some of the narrow tires on triathlon and road bikes,” Daphne added, “and there was some talk of the transition between swim to bike and bike to run, being too long, which unfortunately is difficult to change considering the location of the event and spacing protocols necessary for a safe event.”

“But, all in all, people said they would come back and do it again! In fact, according to our race survey, 83 percent said they would come back in September and/or next summer if we decided to have this same event in the same location. We took a lot of time to plan this event with safety and social distancing in mind, and we took the pandemic very seriously throughout the entire event. It was great to see people racing again and having fun. We had to get creative and do a lot of meticulous planning, and it was worth it!”

The Asheville Triathlon was a strong boost for the local economy. Most of the participants were from the Asheville area, but almost 40% of participants traveled 50 miles or more to attend. Because of its success, iDaph Events is planning to hold another triathlon at a future date at the same location. Details will be posted at https://idaph.net/


“iDaph did a fabulous job putting on the event with the location switch - everything from the drive through packet pick up to a rolling swim start and finish line bags to-go. It was definitely a different race day experience, but it worked.” ~ Jenn Stanton, female overall winner. 

I thought the race did a good job with using specific COVID protocols in order to make it a safe and fun experience for everyone. ~ Ricky Flynn


“Thanks for a great race and race plan. I felt safer racing yesterday than going to the grocery store.” ~ Carlton Beverly Cooper

“Just wanted to say thank you so much for an incredible event this morning. It was my first tri and it was a blast - felt safe, so so organized, and positive. I know there ended up being some challenges with the bike but you guys truly put  on an amazing event..” ~ Catherine Beck


Listen to our AVL Triathlon post event recap podcast covering the event details from start to finish. 

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