With all the news about childhood obesity, the kids triathlon movement is a welcome dose of the alternative.
Not only CAN kids do things even their parents wouldn't dream of doing, but they often WANT to, and they have FUN doing it!
A friend of mine put together the Moco Mojo Kids Tri that was held last weekend in Silver Spring, MD. At first, I was resistant to have the girls participate and I actually talked Em out of registering because she can be such a whiner when we go on our 2 mile bike ride (one way, so I guess really 4 miles) to the library. I was like, "You complain after a 2-mile bike ride! Imagine adding a swim and a run to that!"
She, surprisingly, agreed with me. Until 2 days before the event when she went to watch El practice transitioning from pool to bike. It just looked like a lot of fun to her, all her friends were doing it, etc. So, I've learned a lesson.
Who am I to keep my kid from tapping into her competitive spirit and taking on a challenge?
Here's what they had to do for their age group (7-9 yr olds)
Swim a 50 meter
Bike 2 miles
Run .5 miles
Kids Tri Events Keep Kids and Parents Moving...in the right direction
The distances varied for the younger (yes, younger!) kids and older kids, and some parents were able to run along or even bike with their kids for encouragement. The event started in waves with the older kids heading off first. The pool was COLD and the temperature outside was EVEN COLDER so the swim was optional. We took some extra time after the swim to get El's bathing suit top off, and a dry shirt on, because she had had a fever the night before and...oy, that sounds so awful but honestly, she wanted to do this and felt FINE besides the fever!
Above you'll see the t-shirt designed by one of the participants, Em getting marked before the start, the perfect tri set-up as taught to us by the organizer, and my two triathlons!
The best part was the volunteer team that helped coordinate, set up, manage, and break down the event so that all these kids could feel like real athletes. THAT is how you get kids to keep moving and live a healthy lifestyle.
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Have your kids joined a running team or participated in an event like this? If so, please tell us where and post a link if you have one in the comments!