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18th Annual YMCA Kids Triathlon in The Woodlands

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The 18th annual YMCA Kids Triathlon was held on Saturday, July 17 and started at 7:30 a.m. at the Branch Crossing YMCA location. Children, ages 6-12, had the opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of triathlon and enjoyed a morning of friendly competition and physical activity. Previous triathlon experience is not required for the event that was designed for all levels.

Photo Credit: Rod Prado, Hello Woodlands

Presented by Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the Kids Triathlon benefitted the YMCA Annual Campaign, which ensures everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at the Y. Proceeds from the event will help the YMCA create a stronger community, make an impact and bring about meaningful change. 

Watch the video below to view photos from the event:

The triathlon involved the three activities – swimming, cycling and running – and was an individual event with segments running consecutively until all three elements are completed. Distanced varied per age group. Children ages 6 — 9 years swam 50 meters, cycled for 1 mile, and ran 1/4 mile. Children, ages 10 — 12 swam 100 meters, cycled for 2 miles, and ran 1/2 mile. All participants provided their own bike and training wheels are not allowed. Helmets were worn for the bike course and shoes worn for the bike and run courses. 

The 2021 event featured chip timing for faster and more accurate finish line results. The event featured 7 age divisions: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 years. Boys and girls competed separately in their age groups. The top 3 finishers, male and female, in each age group received a special award. All participants received a goodie bag, t-shirt, finisher medal and refreshments at the conclusion of their race. 

View all photos from the event on the Hello Woodlands Facebook page here.

Photo Credit: Rod Prado, Hello Woodlands
Photo Credit: Rod Prado, Hello Woodlands
Photo Credit: Rod Prado, Hello Woodlands
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Photo Credit: Rod Prado, Hello Woodlands
Photo Credit: Rod Prado, Hello Woodlands
Photo Credit: Rod Prado, Hello Woodlands
Photo Credit: Rod Prado, Hello Woodlands
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Photo Credit: Rod Prado, Hello Woodlands
Photo Credit: Rod Prado, Hello Woodlands
Photo Credit: Rod Prado, Hello Woodlands
Photo Credit: Rod Prado, Hello Woodlands

View all photos from the event on the Hello Woodlands Facebook page here.

Post race activities included refreshments, face and balloon art, mascots, music, games, photo booth, awards ceremony and sponsor booths.

Sponsors of the event included Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, SelecTRI, Kelsey-Seybold The Woodlands, Raising Canes, Valorem Insurance, Haynie & Company, Two Men & A Truck and H.E.B. 

For more information about the event visit,  ymcahouston.org/ymca-kids-tri.

For more information about The Woodlands Family YMCA at Branch Crossing, visit https://ymcahouston.org/locations/woodlands-family-ymca-branch-crossing.

Source: The Woodlands Family YMCA

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