Trevor Johnston just completed his first triathlon. He's 6. When his mother, Ingrid Johnston, of Woodinville, began competing in triathlons...

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Trevor Johnston just completed his first triathlon. He’s 6.

When his mother, Ingrid Johnston, of Woodinville, began competing in triathlons last year, Trevor thought it looked like fun and asked if he could “tri,” too.

“He was taking swimming lessons this year and he swam a lot, telling us he was getting ready to do a triathlon,” Johnston said.

She turned the training into fun. They biked to the dog park, they walked places together.

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The fun paid off. Trevor, with his mom at his side, finished the My First Triathlon at Lake Chelan in two hours, 19 minutes and 34 seconds. The triathlon consisted of a ¼-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride and a three-mile walk instead of the longer, more challenging Ironman version.

This wasn’t a kids’ event but an adult athletic competition. Trevor was proud not to come in last.

“We walked, we skipped, we hopped, we looked at ducks on the water,” Johnston said. “We stopped and picked flowers, too.”

Trevor, who will start first grade at Wellington Elementary School in Woodinville this fall, wants to do another triathlon next year with his mom and dad, Scott Johnston.

“Trevor and I are conniving on how to get him to join us,” Ingrid Johnston said.

What a toot!

Sorry, preschoolers, Thomas the Tank Engine has chugged out of the Northwest Railway Museum.

The Day Out with Thomas ran for two weekends, drawing more than 15,200 to Snoqualmie to see the popular television-show character. The sold-out event was so successful that folks at KZOK-FM (102.5) radio station described it as the “hottest concert tickets of the summer.”

Richard Anderson, executive director of the museum, discovered tickets were selling on eBay.

“The most inflated price I heard about was $360 for two tickets,” he said. “They were originally sold by us for $16 each.”

Anderson’s 22-month-old son, Bennett, wore a perpetual grin during the event.

“For him, the temporary Thomas the Tank Engine tattoo was one of the highlights,” Anderson said. “It’s still showing and he shows it to everyone.”

Smoke-free burgers and brew

Today marks the second week of no smoking at the Roanoke Inn on Mercer Island. The tavern, noted for yummy casual fare, snuffed out the smoking light for both health and historic reasons.

Owner Dorothy Reeck wants to preserve the 1914 building, originally built as a chicken-dinner restaurant. That’s a difficult task with smoke residue.

Servers said they’ve noticed a few regulars aren’t coming anymore, but everyone else is pretty happy about the change.

Cleaner television

Evie Florian, of Redmond, unintentionally tried to clean up television. She washed her remote control.

“I accidentally threw it in with my sheets,” she said.

She changed batteries and the remote works perfectly. Alas, she added, even the wash cycle couldn’t change the summer reruns.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or