Kids Course FAQ's
1. My son/daughter wants to compete in the Kid's Triathlon, but he/she is only 5 years old. Can he/she still compete in the Kids Triathlon?
We don't check IDs when a child registers or at packet pickup. As a parent, you probably have a pretty good sense of your child's physical abilities and where their head is at. If your 5-year-old is enthusiastic about the sport and can realistically participate in all three legs of the kid's triathlon, sign 'em up! If your child isn't comfy getting in the water completely, please consider the Splash & Dash. To avoid the water completely, please register for the Kid's Duathlon.
2. How deep is the water for the swim portion of the Kid's Triathlon?
The kid's course is a full triathlon swim - 100 meters of open water in the swim area of the beach. The Splash & Dash is waist high water for non-swimmers or just a splash along the shore.
3. This is the first time my child has participated in a kid's triathlon. Can you tell us what to expect? What special gear does my child need?
There's an informal memo on our website that provides an overview of what you and your child can expect at our event. We recommend you give this a read at kid tips. You should also go to the Course Map link on the web site print both the Kid's Triathlon Course Map and the course description document. Once you and your child have studied these documents together, you'll have a better understanding of how the race will flow. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Why aren't there overall and age group awards in the Kid's Triathlon?
The focus of our Kid's Triathlon is fun and on learning the basics of triathlon. We like to emphasize the unique sense of accomplishment that comes with completing the event. As they cross the finish line, each kid will receive a custom finisher medal, and they get a commemorative shirt in their race packet. We list race results in alphabetical order so that each kid can focus on their own results. To be honest, this approach also helps to curtail issues when the parents of the young participants get a bit too, uh..., competitive about their kid's performance (yes, it happens) or there is some question as to whether a kid did the correct number of laps, started in the correct wave, etc. If a child is interested in getting more involved in triathlon, we recommend looking into the USAT's youth triathlon program.