Blaine's First Triathlon for Kids

Posted on Friday, April 18th, 2014 at 4:52pm.

What a great idea: the Blaine triathlon is so popular that the city is opening a similar event -- but for kids. The first Kids Triathlon will be held in July and they’ve already got more than 20 kids signed up for it. The Star Trib says that most of the kids that have signed up are children of adult triathletes and there is still lots more room. They’ll take up to 100 participants.

Because it’s a children’s event the rules aren’t quite as strict as the adult event. In fact, parents are encouraged to participate with their offspring. “Mom and Dad can swim or do the whole event with them,” Blaine Parks and Rec program supervisor Nate Monahan tells the newspaper.

The kids also won’t be timed as the adults are. The course includes a 165-yard swim at Lakeside Commons Park, a 2.3 mile bike ride and finish up with a one-mile run.

Lifeguards will be on hand as well as the fire department’s rescue boat if safety is a concern and you won’t be getting in the water with your child.

Now if the weather would just start warming up, the adults can have their event on May 17. It was rather touch and go last year and they almost dropped the swim portion because of ice.

If you’re interested, they still have 100 slots open for the adult event as well and you can get more information at this website

The Blaine Kids Triathlon takes place July 26 at 8 a.m. It’s open to children age 7 up to 14 and the price is $20 for Blaine residents and $22 for non-residents.

Register or get more information about the little ones’ event at the city’s website.

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