Events Designed to Introduce Kids to Multisport
BOSTON – July 10, 2017 – Grab your swimsuits and sneakers and head down to Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Carson Beach in South Boston to participate in Kids Day at the 2017 Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon on July 29, 2017.
Boston’s only triathlon is inviting youth throughout Greater Boston to experience the different elements of a triathlon, including running, cycling and swimming. It’s all designed to encourage fitness and healthy activities while introducing youth to the sport of triathlon.
On Saturday, July 29, 2017, The Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon will feature activities dedicated solely to kids, including the USA Triathlon-sanctioned Kids Splash & Dash for athletes ages 7-15, the Kids Fun Run for athletes under the age of 7, and the Clif Kids Ride Zone, a mini-track for aspiring cyclists to have fun and work on their bike riding skills.
“We are looking forward to hosting these young athletes at the Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon,” said Michael O’Neil, president of the Boston Triathlon. “These activities will give local kids an opportunity to try something new and different, in a fun, exciting and safe atmosphere.”
Part of USA Triathlon’s Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series, the annual Splash-and-Dash event is designed to introduce young athletes ages 7-15 to the sport of triathlon. Athletes will be placed in one of four age groups: ages 7-8, ages 9-10, ages 11-12, and ages 13-15. The 7-8 and 9-10 age groups will swim 100 yards and run an untimed 1K. The 11-12 age group will swim 200 yards and run an untimed 2K. The 13-15 age group will swim 200 yards and run a timed 2K.
The swimming will take place at DCR Carson Beach in South Boston near the McCormack Bathhouse and will be in shallow water. The run will take place on the Harborwalk and the DCR Mother’s Rest Field.
Now in its fifth year, the USA Triathlon Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series is comprised of 50 events across the country. The focus of the events is participation, rather than competition and is geared towards introducing youth participants to the world of multisports.
“We want every aspiring young athlete to have an opportunity to experience the joy of participation in multisport events,” said Barry Siff of USA Triathlon. “We know that many children swim, bike or run on a daily basis. By bringing them together, it creates a fun fitness outlet, introducing kids to what we hope will be a lifetime of health and fitness.”
Youth groups from across the city have already signed on to participate in the events on July 29, including Youth Enrichment Services (YES), a nonprofit organization based in Boston that provides Boston’s youth with year-round outdoor enrichment and leadership programs.
“At YES, our mission is to inspire and challenge youth with physical and mental activities that foster life-long respect for self, others, and the environment,” said Bryan Van Dorpe, Executive Director for YES. “We are excited to have this opportunity to introduce youth to the sport of triathlon and can’t wait to participate.”
The Boston Splash and Dash Event will take place at the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Carson Beach on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. The Kids Fun Run will begin immediately following the Splash and Dash Event and the Clif Kids Ride Zone will be open from 3 pm – 6:30 pm.
Registration for all youth events is now open. For more information and to register, visit www.bostontri.com/event/kids-race.
The Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon is supported by Clif Bar, DRINKmaple and Gatorade.
About Boston Triathlon
Now in its ninth year, the Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon is Boston’s only triathlon. On July 30, 2017, this unique and iconic event will bring together athletes from across the world to compete in both Olympic and sprint distance races. A Kids Splash-and-Dash event will take place on Saturday, July 29. Race and registration information is available at BostonTri.com.