It’s spring in the United States. Kids everywhere are playing sports.
Of course, most kid’s sports fall in the “traditional” variety: soccer, football, basketball, baseball, softball. In the part of Florida where I live, lacrosse is a huge, and growing, sport for both boys and girls. Then there’s the “fringe” sports: crew, golf, triathlon, fencing. Wait….did I just say TRIATHLON?
Absolutely! Triathlon is a big-time sport in Jacksonville.
As evidence, the fourth annual First Coast Kids’s Triathlon – held yesterday on the campus of the University of North Florida. More than 1800 kids, aged 6-15, finished their race yesterday. There’s no telling how many (if any) participated but didn’t finish. The organizers call this the largest kids triathlon in the country.
While we know triathlon is an individual sport, the cool thing about the First Coast Kid’s Triathlon is how kids trained for the race – often as teams. Many local elementary schools formed training teams who prepped for months in advance of the race.
None of my kids raced this year, but one of our daughter’s good friends did (and she rode my daughter’s bike). She completed the 200 meter swim, 6 mile bike and 1 mile run in a total of 51:19…good enough for 24th out of 119 kids in her age group!
Pretty dang exciting that kids have a chance to enjoy the sport that we love with their very own race!