Kids Triathlon's provide the perfect launching pad for kids to break into the sport of Triathlon's. The swim will take place in the Douglas Hills Swimming Pool. The bike and run will take place in the Park and Streets that surround the Pool. This event is open to kids ages 6-15. *** their race age is the age they are by 12/31/2013
6 - 7yrs 50 yd swim, 1.86 mile bike (2 laps around circle), .50 mile run (1 lap)
8-9 yrs 50 yd swim, 1.86 mile bike (2 laps around circle), .50 mile run (1 lap)
10- 12 yrs 100 yd swim, 3.1mile bike (4 laps around circle), 1.2 mile run ( 1 1/2 laps)
13 - 15 yrs 200 yd swim, 6.2 mile bike (8 laps around circle), 1.2 mile run(1 1/2 laps)
Registration and Packet Pick Up:
Entry fee is $25 and goes to $30 on July 8th. Go to www.active.com to register for the event. Maximum number of children will be approximately 300 and registration will close on Monday, July 15th 2013 at Midnight.
Early Packet Pick Up will be at Ken Comb's Running Store on Thursday, July 18th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. You will pick your registration packet up along with your T-Shirt and goodie bag. You can also pick up your packets on Race Day morning at 7:00 a.m. Parents will need to bring their photo ID when picking up the packet(s). If you are traveling from out of town please send the Race Director, Nikki Weis, an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can arrange for you to pick your packet up on Race Day.
USAT Sanctioned Event
The Age that you will sign your child up is the age they will be on 12/31/2013. For example: If you child is 8 years old the day of the race but turns 10 in November, you will register them in the 9-10 year old category. This event is USAT Sanctioned. All racers must have a USAT membership to race. No exceptions. Annual membership are $15 or a one-day membership for $10. They can be purchased online at the same time you register for the event or online at www.usatriathlon.org.
How To Prepare Your Kid(s):
The most important elements of exposure to triathlon for very young athletes are fun and safety. Between the ages of six and ten, when many kids are introduced to triathlon, they also play soccer and baseball, take swim lessons, practice gymnastics or hockey, and hopefully enjoy a variety of other sporting experiences throughout the course of the year. The multisport experience can be as simple as combining three activities that any kid should be doing for fun already - swimming, biking and running. It is important to recognize that triathlon is one experience among many. If the experience is not fun, rewarding and safe, the athlete may be lost on the sport forever.
If anything, young athletes are resilient and recover quickly from short bouts of exercise with proper nutrition. The average youth triathlon takes between 15 and 25 minutes to complete. This is roughly half the duration of a youth soccer game or swim practice. That said, the youth triathlon coach must consider the cumulative effect of the young athlete’s participation in multiple sports practices and games during the course of the week before scheduling additional triathlon training or competitions. Practice sessions that focus on the development of correct biomechanics, safe operation of the bicycle and fitness building can suffice. Often youth athletes are introduced to the sport first through a race experience before attending a clinic, joining a youth club or getting the advice of a coach.
Overall, the kids need to practice all 3 sports in a fun and safe manner and not over do it. The goal is to begin a lifetime in the sport.
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