COOL Kids Tri is limited to 200 kids

The COOL Kids Triathlon is set for Saturday, June 10, at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, but you’ll have to sign up soon to get on the 200-kid roster.

Children ages 6 to 14 can take part in the swim, bike and run event. A duathlon option also is available for kids who don’t swim — they’ll get an additional running portion.

Distances are broken down by age groups: 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14. Event distances vary by age groups. The triathlon is on a closed course at Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, part of Metro Parks.

This won’t be the bruising triathlons adults go through, but a fun way for kids to get moving and perhaps push themselves a little bit.

Each child will receive a T-shirt, finisher medal, official race bib and swim cap, and will have an opportunity to win an award during a post-race celebration. Just like in Olympic and sprint distances, participants will be body marked, wear official chip timers and race a course with professional equipment and a music system.

Triathlon details
  • All age groups will start at 10 a.m.
  • Children ages 6 to 8 will swim 50 meters (about half a football field), bike 1.5 kilometers (just less than a mile) and run 1 kilometer (about two-thirds of a mile).
  • The 9- to 11-year-olds will swim 100 meters (about a football field), bike 3 kilometers (almost 2 miles) and run 2 kilometers (about 1.25 miles).
  • Youth ages 12 to 14 will swim 200 meters (four laps in an Olympic-size pool or just more than 200 yards), bike 5 kilometers (3 miles) and run 3 kilometers (nearly 2 miles).
  • Registration (including race day) – $25 ($10 of fee is for a required USAT membership)


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