Children ages 5 to 14 who want to test their mettle can swim, bike and run their way to summertime fun in the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department's Kidathlon.
The event kicks off at 8 a.m. Aug. 10 at Earlywine Park, 3101 SW 119.
“We started the Kidathlon last year as a way to introduce kids of all athletic abilities to the sport of triathlon,” said Christopher Hamilton, recreation division manager for the Parks and Recreation Department.
“While the event is competitive, we want to emphasize the fun aspect of the sport and teach children what they can accomplish by setting goals.”
Children of all abilities are welcome. Participants will be grouped by age, with each age group competing at the following distances:
Ages 5-6, 25-yard swim, half-mile bike, half-mile run.
Ages 7-8, 75-yard swim, half-mile bike, half-mile run.
Ages 9-12, 75-yard swim, one-mile bike, 1.1-mile run.
Ages 13-14, 125-yard swim, two-mile bike, 1.5-mile run.
The swimming portion of the Kidathlon will take place at the Earlywine Family Aquatic Center, with the biking and running just outside the center in Earlywine Park.
Participants must bring their own equipment, including swimwear, bicycle and helmet and running gear. Helmets and close-toed shoes are required for the bicycle portion of the event.
Preregistration is required. Registration is $30 and includes a T-shirt.
Register at Earlywine or Will Rogers family aquatic centers, or by calling 297-2211.
An online registration form can be downloaded at www.okc.gov/parks/kidathlon/kidathlon.html.