The 2018 COOL Kids Triathlon, brought to you by Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville, is just a month away! Registration is open for the triathlon designed “Just for Kids.” The event is limited to 250 kids and will take place Saturday, June 9, at Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
Kids ages 6 to 14 can participate in this professionally staged athletic event. Just like Olympic and sprint distances, participants will be body marked, wear official chip timers and race a course with professional equipment and a music system. 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.
COOL Kids Triathlon
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center
201 Reservoir Ave.
Registration fee: $25
Limited to 250 kids, so don’t wait!
It’s not a race — the idea is to finish
“Triathlon is a wonderful sport, especially at the youth level,” said Jennifer M. Brey, M.D., pediatric orthopedic surgeon with Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville. “The distances of the legs of a youth triathlon are much shorter than those for adults. The main goal of youth triathlons is completing the race rather than getting the fastest time.”
There are three age groups for the event: 6 to 8, 9 to 11 and 12 to 14. The running portions range from 1 kilometer (about two-thirds of a mile) for the youngest kids to 3 kilometers (about 1.8 miles) for the tweens and teens. If a child isn’t a swimmer, he or she can do a second run instead of the swim. Kids should be able to swim, bike and run the individual distances prior to competing.
“Typically six to eight weeks of preparation (for a child who already knows how to swim) should be sufficient,” Dr. Brey said. “Kids generally should train two to four days per week. Every child is different, so keep in mind that these are just recommendations.”