Seventy-five children and youths ages 5 to 17 will have the opportunity to test their swimming, biking and running skills Aug. 4 in the inaugural Kidathlon hosted by the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department.
The event is scheduled for 7 to 11 a.m. at Earlywine Park, 3101 SW 119.
“We've been looking at new events to integrate into our roster of activities,” said Christopher Hamilton, recreation division manager for the Parks and Recreation Department. “The Kidathlon gives children of all athletic abilities the opportunity to take part in their own triathlon and learn the basics of multisport competition.”
Warm-ups begin at 7 a.m. and the first group competes at 7:30 a.m.
The swimming portion of the event will take place at Earlywine Family Aquatic Center.
The biking and running portions will take place in the park.
Participants must bring their own swimwear, bicycles and running gear. Helmets and close-toed shoes are required for the biking portion.
Participants must preregister at Earlywine Park or Will Rogers Family Aquatic Centers, or by calling 297-2211. The cost is $30 and includes a T-shirt.
Parks spokeswoman Jennifer McClintock said nearly a dozen children already have registered. The deadline is July 31.
A registration form can be downloaded at www.okc.gov/parks/kidathlon.html.
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At a glance
The distances of the Kidathlon events are different for each age group:
• Ages 7 and 8: 75-yard swim, 0.5-mile bike, 0.5-mile run
• Ages 9 to 12: 75-yard swim, 1-mile bike, 1.1-mile run
• Ages 13 and 14: 125-yard swim, 2-mile bike, 1.5-mile run
• Ages 15 to 17: 125-yard swim, 3-mile bike, 1.5-mile run