Fitness & Sports
Registration Now Open for Annual YMCA Kids Triathlon
THE WOODLANDS, TX – Registration is now open for the annual YMCA Kids Triathlon on Saturday, July 20, at 7:30 am at the Branch Crossing location. Children ages 6 – 12 are eligible to register and experience the fun and excitement of a triathlon. It’s a morning of friendly competition and physical activity that can lead to a lifetime of fitness. The event is designed for all skill levels. Previous triathlon experience is not required.
Presented by Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the Kids Triathlon benefits the YMCA Annual Campaign, which ensures everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at the YMCA. Proceeds from event will “Help US Multiply our Impact in 2019.”
Swim+Bike+Run = FUN! Triathlon is an exciting sport for young children because it involves three activities that every child enjoys – swimming, cycling, and running. Triathlon is an individual event with segments running consecutively until all three elements are completed. Distances will vary per age group. Children ages 6 – 9 years will swim 50 meters, cycle for 1 mile and run ¼ mile. Children ages 10 – 12 will swim 100 meters, cycle for 2 miles and run ½ mile. All participants must provide their own bike. Training wheels are not allowed. Helmets must be worn for the bike course and shoes must be worn for the bike and run courses.
The 2019 event will feature chip timing for faster and more accurate finish line results. The event features 7 age divisions: 6,7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 years. Boys and girls will compete separately in their age groups. The top 3 finishers, male and female, in each age group will receive a special award. All participants will receive a goodie bag, t-shirt, finisher medal and complimentary breakfast at the conclusion of their race.
Race day check in begins at 5:30 am at Branch Crossing YMCA, located at 8100 Ashlane Way in The Woodlands. All participants are encouraged to arrive no later than 6:30 am to park, unload equipment, check in, ready their transition area and review the course. At check in, triathletes will receive instructions, course map and will be body marked. Please remember, parents are not allowed in transition area once the race begins.
Post race activities will include refreshments, face art, balloon art, mascots, music, games, photos booth, awards ceremony, and sponsor booths. Concessions will be available for purchase.
The YMCA Kids Triathlon is generously sponsored by: Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, SelecTRI, Walking Tots, CareNow Urgent Care, Kelsey-Seybold, Two Men & A Truck, and The Woodlands Township.
For more information and online registration, visit ymcahouston.org/ymca-kids-tri. Early Bird registration ends June 30. Registration fees increase on July 1. Registration closes at noon July 17. Sponsor and volunteer opportunities still available. For more information contact Roxanne Davis at 281-367-9622 ext 230.
First organized in 1886, the YMCA of Greater Houston is one of the city’s leading nonprofits dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA, a United Way of Greater Houston agency, seeks to serve all – regardless of age, income, faith or background and we welcome everyone. In the greater Houston area, 29 YMCA centers, one overnight camp and hundreds of program sites nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the city’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in the Houston community, the Y has the longstanding relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change. To learn more, call 713-659-5566 or visit ymcahouston.org.