Saturday, June 25, 2011

Stay Active Saturday - MiniManiacs Youth Triathlon

Last summer, we were thrilled that Big Sprout was finally old enough to compete in one of the few kids triathlons in the area - the MiniManiacs Youth Triathlon put on by the Winter Park YMCA Trimaniacs.

On paper, this is a wonderful race - a pool swim followed by a bike and run on the trail - so I was excited for him to do it. The fact that most kids races have open water swims and bike/run portions that aren't closed to traffic just blows my mind as a parent. In reality, it was even better than we expected - well organized with a great course and plenty of extremely helpful volunteers.

This year's race will be held on August 14th at 7:30AM at the Cady Way Pool in Winter Park. Registration is limited to 200 kids, so register soon at any Central Florida YMCA (Lakemont, Crosby, Dr Phillips, Downtown, Lake Mary, Oviedo and the Cady Way Pool) or online. Registration fee is $25 for YMCA members and $25 for non-members with a $10 late fee added after August 1st. Race day registration, if available, is $50.

The race is open to kids ages 7-14, and race distances vary according to age group:

Ages 7-9: swim 50 meters, bike 2 miles and run 1/2 mile
Ages 10-12: swim 100 meters, bike 4 miles and run 1 mile
Ages 13-14: swim 100 meters, bike 4 miles and run 2 miles

Packet pick up is Saturday before the race at the Cady Way Pool from 9AM to 5PM only.
Since most parents seem to be most concerned about the swim portions of a kids tri, it's worth mentioning that Cady Way is a long-course pool and that the swim has a mass start. On the up side, they had the pool open on race morning so the kids could practice swimming the longer length.

Overall, this is a fantastic race and a wonderful way to introduce kids to the sport of triathlon. With volunteers to help in transition and cheer them on along the way, kids are bound to have a great time even if it's their very first multi-sport race.

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