Wednesday, July 8, 2009

LTF's' KID'S TRI - Celebrating the True Heroes of our Sport

What have you got planned for Sunday? How 'bout the kids? What will they be doing? How about joining us at the Life Time Fitness club in Plymouth?

By Sara Ballinger

Minnesota triathletes, it’s time to settle up with the kids.

They’ve been toted to races and pushed in running strollers at early ages. They’ve heard us talk - incessantly - about our passion. They’ve watched us log every mile.

This Sunday, it’s their turn to shine.

Of nearly 200 participants (ages 7-14) some have set goals. But most just want to finish.

Watch out for 9-yr-old Erika. Swimming is her favorite event - and she’s put her time in in the pool.

Veteran triathlete, Parker, 11, got a new ride and hopes to command the bike course.

7-yr-old Ty, learned from his experience last year. This year he’s sporting speedlaces for lightning-quick transitions.

Brother and sister duo Dylan (9) and Sophia (7), both first-timers to the sport, are admittedly nervous but eager to earn their new title.

Race Director, Debbie Hale:

“It is our goal to keep this event fun so kids develop a lifelong passion for health and fitness. In addition, triathlon is a great family event because kids can train with their parents – allowing families to connect, stay healthy and enjoy a sense of accomplishment.”

LTF Kids Tri volunteer, Kim Gorman:

“Over the years I have watched young participants become role models for their family and friends. Spectators are truly inspired by what these kids can achieve. They get a drink of the kool-aid and the enthusiasm just spreads.”

Clearly, the attraction of triathlon is that it’s like being a kid again. So come out on Sunday to Life Time Fitness in Plymouth and support our next generation of triathletes. Kids with heart… proud of what their bodies can do.

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UPDATE: (Plymouth, MN - July 12, 2009) Judging by the smiles of the couple hundred kids that swam, biked, ran – and danced – at the Life Time Fitness Kids Tri Sunday, a great time was had by all. Junior competitors (ages 7-10) splashed their way through a 50-yard pool swim, 2.5 mile bike and .5 mile run. Senior competitors (ages 11-14) tackled a 100-yd swim, 5-mile bike and a 1-mile run. The race concluded with a DJ, music and dancing. Make no mistake… on this day, every finisher was a rock star! - Sara Ballinger