When is the kids triathlon?
8 a.m. Saturday, August 4, 2018
Where is the kids triathlon?
Ithaca’s Cass Park pool and on the (closed) Waterfront Trail.
What is a triathlon?
A triathlon is a race where competitors swim, bike and run – in that order. For this race, the swim will take place in Cass Park Pool, and the bike and run will take place on the Waterfront Trail. We’ve designed a safe, car-free course that is the perfect introduction to triathlon, no experience necessary!
What are the distances?
Kids ages 7 and 8 will swim 50 meters, bike 3 kilometers and run 1 kilometer. Kids ages 9 and 10 will swim 100 meters, bike 5 kilometers and run 1 kilometer.
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 bike (any type will do!), a bike helmet (mandatory to race), 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. If you child does not have a bike, we have some available to borrow. Just e-mail race director Alex Kleinerman.
Other items that may be useful are a towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle and a smile!
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?
You can sign up for the race at https://cayugalaketriathlon.org.
Need-based scholarships are available by contacting Alex Kleinerman. There’s also a 2018 USAT Northeast Youth Military & First Responders Scholarship available (due July 27th for this race). Learn more or apply.
There’s a training opportunity at the kids’ triathlon mini camp, too. For ages 6-14, this camp is sponsored by Cayuga Coaching and Ithaca Triathlon Club. It costs $10 and will be at Cass Park. Register for the mini camp
- Sat. July 28th, 10:30am-12pm
swim instruction & running technique
- Sun. July 29th, 10:30-12
bike handling & transition practice
We hope to see you there!