Kids’ Swim/Run

Sunday August 1st, 2021
Cayuga Lake Kids’ Swim/Run
50m swim, 1.3mi run

Registration Fees

Kids’ Race  $20 + $10 one time annual USA Triathlon membership fee

Number of Entries

  • 50 (limited to provide ample space for physical distancing)


Friday, Saturday, July 30-31, 2021

10-7:00 PM Packet pick-up at the Finger Lakes Running Co.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

8-11:30 AM Packet pick-up at the Taughannock Falls State Park
11:45 AM Kids’ Race starts (pre-race meeting at 11:30!), 1 athlete entering the water every 6 seconds

Where is the kids’ swim/run?

Along a well-supported buoy line following the shore line of Cayuga Lake and on the grassy fields and (closed) trail along the waterfront.

What is a swim/run?

A swim/run is a race where competitors swim and run – in that order. For this race, the swim will take place along a buoy line following the shore line of Cayuga Lake (heading west away from the official park swim area) with lifeguards and kayak support, and the run will take place on the grass fields and trails around the park. We’ve designed a safe, car-free course that is the perfect introduction to swim/run, no experience necessary!

How old can my participant be?

The kids’ triathlon is for participants age 6-14 (as of December 31 of the year of the race)

What are the distances?

Regardless of age, all kids will swim 50m and run 1.3mi.

Note that due to Covid pre-cautions (see below) we will not be offering age group awards this year but all kids will receive commemorative prizes when they cross the finish line.

Race Maps

Swim: Coming Soon!

Run: 1.3mi course

Covid Pre-cautions

Following guidelines from NYS Parks and the Tompkins County Health Department we will follow these protocols:

  1. Number of participants and spectators at the park will remain well under the 500 limit. We will cap the adult race at 200, and the kids’ race at 50. Adults will not be allowed to bring spectators, and each child will only be allowed two grown-ups/supporters. Anyone else who wishes to spectate will be strongly encouraged to volunteer.
  2. Each participant will have a 6ft x 6ft “square” in transition for their gear.
  3. Everyone will be required to wear masks while not racing and when they cannot maintain 6ft of social distance, regardless of vaccination status. Athletes will be given a disposable mask to wear to the start line, and a commemorative buff to wear at the finish line.
  4. Athletes will not be required to wear masks once they have begun the race but will be responsible for respecting physical distance guidelines to the best of their ability.
  5. Athletes will be required to follow all NYS guidelines for social distancing with members not from their own household. For NYS guidelines, and especially travel restrictions from non-contiguous states, as well as the required travel notification form, please see here.
  6. Athletes will enter the water one at a time in a self-seeded time trial start spaced six seconds apart.
  7. There will be no aid stations on course. Athletes are encouraged to bring their own water/nutrition.
  8. Post-race food will be prepared by authorized kitchens at Wegmans and/or Cayuga Medical Center and will be packaged “to go.”
  9. There will be no awards, and all results will only be posted on-line. Athletes are encouraged to leave the park as soon as their race is finished.

What equipment does my child need?

Kids should wear a bathing suit. Goggles would be helpful, but are not necessary. They will receive a swim cap with their race packet.

Kids will need a shirt and sneakers to put on after the swim. (They can leave the bathing suit on for the duration of the race.) The shirt is important because your child will need a place to pin a race number. We’ll provide the safety pins.

Other items that may be useful are a towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle and a smile!

N.B. We will provide disposable masks for your child to wear up until they enter the water, or you can provide your own. They will not need to wear a mask on course–we have designed a time-trial start that will minimize how close kids will come to each other. Once they cross the finish line, they will be handed a commemorative mask or buff to put on.

Where can I watch?

Spectators can stand anywhere along the course, but the best spot is just outside of the transition area. It’s important to know spectators cannot help the racers. If you’d like to help, please sign up as a volunteer. The more people we have out on the course, the better the experience for the kids. If you don’t know much about triathlon, don’t worry; we’ll give you an easy job.

Anything else I need to know?

Need-based scholarships are available by contacting Alex Kleinerman. There may be a training opportunity at the kids’ triathlon mini camp, at Taughannock Falls State Park for ages 6-14. Dates for 2021 TBD. Learn more about past camps.


Check out the results for past races! If you see any issues, email