THE RISE AND RISE OF KIDS TRIATHLON

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‘Start em young’.

That’s the phrase for most sports or skills and triathlon is no different. Just look at the likes of 6 X Ironman Champ Luke McKenzie who started in tri at the age of 7. So, as the sport picks up in popularity, it’s great to see the next Lukes or Brownlees getting the bug for this tough endurance sport early on.

Ironman has announced this week that their kids races –  IRONKIDS – will be incorporated at all three of the company’s UK races (Exmoor, Wales and Bolton).  Cholmondeley Triathlon Briefing, Cholmondeley Triathlon tips, Cholmondeley Triathlon review

And it’s not just Ironman – most event organisers are now holding kids races and literally tens of thousands of kids as young as 7 are getting into the sport.

Just Racing now have 4 kid-specific races as part of their season, UK Triathlon hold 2, Castle Triathlon 5, Human Race put on 1 plus 5 ‘scootathlons’ which swap the swimming for high-octane scooting! There are also tons more by smaller, independent race organisers.

Australia is said to have a thriving kids triathlon series that sees around 40,000 kids taking part every year and the UK could be catching up.

Here’s an idea of what a kid’s tri consists of:

7-8 yrs – 25m swim – 1km cycle – 500m run

9-12yrs – 50m swim – 2km cycle – 1km run

13-16yrs – 100m swim – 3km cycle – 1.5km run

IRONMAN 70.3 Exmoor will introduce its inaugural IRONKIDS run on Saturday 15 June 2014 and IRONKIDS Wales has changed its format from a splash / run on the beach to a run in the heart of Tenby’s town centre, with the kids finishing under the iconic IRONMAN finish arch.

The introduction and amendment to these two events follows the phenomenal success of IRONKIDS UK in Bolton, which doubled its entrants in 2 years to a sell out 2,000 making it the largest IRONKIDS in the world.

Kevin Stewart, Managing Director of Ironman UK and Ireland commented:

We want to encourage as many kids as possible to come and experience an IRONMAN event. Hopefully their participation will give them a taste of the sport and inspire them to compete in triathlon in the future.”castle howard activities, castle howard triathlon review
Getting kids involved in any way can only be a good thing and it makes events much more family friendly. Just look at ‘The Nucleus Triathlon’ by Just Racing – a weekend of action that places the kids races on an equal footing with the grown-ups. Castle Triathlon also help to make their events more family focused by putting on extra activities like archery.
No longer are kids being tagged on as an afterthought to entice more mums and dads, it seems they are becoming a major part of the growth of triathlon in Britain. 
We predict a bright future!
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