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 6-14. Their race age is the age they are by 12/31/2012.
The three age groups are:
6 - 8 yrs 50 yard swim, 2.4 mile bike, .50 mile run
9 - 10 yrs 100 yard swim, 3.2 mile bike, 1 mile run
11 - 14 yrs 200 yard swim, 5.6 mile bike, 1.4 mile run
Registration and Packet Pick Up
Entry fee is $25. Go to www.active.com to register for the event. Maximum number of children will be approximately 150 and registration will close on Wednesday, July 25th 2012 at Midnight.
Packet Pick Up will be at Ken Comb's Running Store on Thursday, July 26th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at the Douglass Hills Swimming Pool from 11:00 - 2:00 p.m. You will pick your registration packet up along with your T-Shirt and goodie bag. 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 email@example.com and she can arrange for you to pick your packet up on Race Day.
USAT Sanctioned Event
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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