Swimming, biking and racing to the finish line

75 children participate in the annual Kids Triathlon

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/19/21

Sunday’s annual Kids Triathlon was an exercise in controlled chaos as kids ages 5-10 swam, rode bikes and ran in what was for some their first experience in the sport. About 75 children …

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Swimming, biking and racing to the finish line

75 children participate in the annual Kids Triathlon

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Sunday’s annual Kids Triathlon was an exercise in controlled chaos as kids ages 5-10 swam, rode bikes and ran in what was for some their first experience in the sport.

About 75 children participated in the event, which is not timed but just gives them a chance to be outside, be active and do something healthy, according to Maren Schreiber, who coordinates the event. In addition, it’s a fundraiser for the Evergreen Park & Recreation District’s INSPIRE special needs program.

A parking area at the Buchanan Park Recreation Center was the staging area, where children changed shoes, grabbed bikes and got some water as they moved between activities.

Parents helped their children between events, cheered and encouraged the participants, held signs and more to make the event that much more fun for everyone. Some parents even joined their children in the run portion of the event.

The younger participants swim, bike and run shorter distances than the older participants. Competitors were given a painted rock, courtesy of the National Charity League, as a prize when they completed all tasks.

Sebastian Morris, 5, competed in his first triathlon, though he has plenty of experience with the individual sports, according to his mom, Liz Levy. He participated in the Freedom Run 5K on July 4.

Katie Heppe stood watch in the staging area, helping with shoes and giving an encouraging word to her daughter, Eliza, 8. The family drove from Denver to participate, with Katie saying it was a fun, casual event. She noted that the area was gorgeous.

Sitting in a chair above the chaos was Mark Woodworth of Littleton. He held up a small sign that said, “Go Solomon Go!” to cheer on his grandson. Other signs were ready to cheer on grandson Arthur, 10.

“They are the greatest joys in my life,” Woodworth, a retired elementary school principal, said of his grandsons. “It’s so great to see these kids achieve something like this. It will help them later in life because they know they can achieve goals at this age.”

Woodworth’s grandsons live in Erie with their parents, Kara and Ryan. Kara said they found the triathlon online and decided to drive to Evergreen for the event.

“We love this,” Kara said. “We love the experience. The distances (for the three events) are perfect for entry level participants.”

After grandson Solomon, 8, finished his triathlon, he sat with his grandfather as they waited for Arthur to finish.

“I’m so proud of you,” Mark told Solomon. “You did a good job.”

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