|Registrations now being taken for JCPRD U Kids Triathlon on Aug. 27 at Kill Creek Park|
Youth ages six to 14 are invited to participate in the JCPRD U Kids Triathlon, which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. Because of this event, the park will be closed to the general public until noon on this day.
This youth triathlon is specifically designed to let the kids be the stars of the show. The Johnson County Park and Recreation District is proud to present this secure event that pays special attention to creating a fun and memorable experience while also promoting health and fitness.
This event takes its name from the district's JCPRD U program, which launched in 2015. This holistic wellness program for ages three through 18 lets participants earn achievement badges in five wellness dimensions in order to advance through the program. JCPRD U Kids Triathlon participants also receive credit in JCPRD U’s Physical Dimension for taking part in this event.
Athletes ages 6 to 14 will compete in individual age groups in this race that is truly an event for all abilities. For athletes ages six to ten, the JCPRD U Kids Triathlon involves a 100 meter swim, a 3.6-mile bike, and a one-mile run. For ages 11 to 14, the event involves a 200 meter swim, a 5.4-mile bike, and a two-mile run.
Athletes must participate and compete in the age group division corresponding to the athlete’s age on Dec.31 of this year.
For either age group above, registration for the triathlon is $45. Because this is a USAT sanctioned event, though, participants will also need to purchase a one-year USAT membership for $10. To learn more and register today, visit www.jcprd.com/activities/special_events.cfm.
Members of triathlon club youth teams are encouraged to register as team members for the team competition! Team members who finish in the top five in the respective age groups of 7 and under, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 will each earn one point for their team. The team with the most overall points is the winner. In case of a tie, the fastest time in the age 11.
First-time triathletes are encouraged to attend Packet Pickup on Friday, Aug. 26, at Kill Creek Park. Athletes must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with ID in order to sign the appropriate waiver. The race director will present a 30-minute course talk beginning at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, during which the various aspects of the course will be reviewed in detail and there will be opportunities to ask questions and address concerns. Attendance at the course talk is highly recommended, but not required.
This event is also part of the Midwest Triathlon Youth Championship Series. For this series, young triathletes compete head-to-head for a chance to be crowned the Midwest Triathlon Youth Champion! The JCPRD U Kids Triathlon is the grand finale of three events which also include the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Youth Triathlon on June 26, and the TRiKC Longview Jr Triathlon on July 24. Both male and female competitors will earn points in their respective age groups of 7 and under, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14. Visit www.trikids.us for more information or to enter.
Volunteers are needed for this event, and volunteers receive a T-shirt! If interested, call Katy Renner at (913) 826-2964 or email Kathryn.Renner@jocogov.org.