This is actually a series of 4 races but we've only made it to one. Last year we did one of this exact race so my kids have both raced this course before. The race director has made good improvements and it looks like the race has caught on so that's great.
This is my daughter's third triathlon and my son's second. He got a trophy last time so he was very excited to race again. My daughter not so much. In fact through the day before she was saying she wouldn't race. But she did race. I told her she didn't have to but she would have to go since her brother was racing so she went ahead and raced.
The younger kids went first but my daughter's pics are first so I'm sure you'll be able to cope with this irregularity.
Her race was 75yd swim, 1 mile bike and 3/4 mile run.
I succeeded when I stayed calm when my husband tried a new route and instead of getting there early we had 2 minutes to make it to check in ... stressful. I failed when I yelled like a tiger mom for an inattentive volunteer to help my little one with her chip in transition (pay attention people - that's why you're there).
|This is my daughter sprinting to the finish. She had the fastest run split of her age group. I'll try not to mention that 50 times in the next paragraph but I'm pretty proud.|
My son's race was 25 yard swim, 1/2 mile bike and 1/2 mile run. It seemed like the whole thing was over in a minute. The little ones are very cute.
|This is my son finishing his 25 yard swim. He was pretty nervous and did about 6 strokes before he remembered to breathe. Then he did one of those roll over onto your back kind of breathing things that kids do. It was cute.|
So they both had a good time even though there were no trophies and the reason was really because they both knew other kids there from swim team and school. That makes all the difference in the world for my kids enjoying the day.
I wish this series was closer to us. I wish any kids tri series was closer to us. But if it's our only option we'll do this one again next year.
This race was better run than the one of this series we did last year. In fact my overall feedback for the event is two things - the volunteers need to be better prepared and the course near transition needs to be more clearly marked for both racers and also parents.