Applebee’s® Kids Helping Kids Triathlon Invites Children 7-12 to Swim, Bike, Run and Help Kids

Fun day of physical activity benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar® is calling children, ages seven to 12, to grab their running shoes, swim goggles and bike helmets to join in the fight against children’s cancers during the Applebee’s Kids Helping Kids Triathlon, benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research®, on Oct. 12 at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, North Carolina.

The Applebee’s Kids Helping Kids Triathlon is designed with fun first in mind. Children of all experience levels are invited to register to race their friends, siblings and classmates through an achievable yet challenging course.

Proceeds will benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research to fund pediatric cancer research at Duke Children’s Hospital.

“The Applebee’s Kids Helping Kids Triathlon gives our youth an opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day of healthy, physical activity and experience the rewarding feeling of giving back to children in their own community,” said Michael Olander, CEO for Apple Gold Group.

The event is hosted by Apple Gold Group, one of the largest franchisees of Applebee’s in the world, and is presented by O2 Fitness, with 12 locations throughout the greater Triangle area and Wilmington. Apple Gold Group’s 52 restaurants in North Carolina have been raising funds for The V Foundation for many years, voting the Foundation the company’s regional charity of choice seven years ago.

“Thanks to our generous guests and employees in North Carolina, our restaurants in the state have raised more than $1 million for The V Foundation in the past seven years,” said Olander. “Now we aim to bring together children in the local neighborhood to help bring us one step, peddle and stroke closer to making children’s cancers a thing of the past.”

The event will feature fun activities for parents and children of all ages, including a Fun Zone with a carnival atmosphere and interactive games.

Registration is now open at Once registered, participants are encouraged to get their friends, neighbors and family involved by creating a fundraising page.

Sponsorship and fun zone opportunities are also available upon request.

About Apple Gold Group
The Apple Gold Group, one of the original five Applebee’s Franchisees, was founded in 1984 to develop and operate Applebee’s restaurants in North Carolina, opening its first Neighborhood Grill and Bar in 1985. Since then, the company has expanded its territory to include Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia and most recently, Kentucky and Indiana and currently operates 133 restaurants in those seven states. The Apple Gold Group strives to be a recognized leader in both the casual dining industry and in local charitable fundraising. For more information on the Apple Gold Group, please visit