Thirty nationwide swim-run events aim to introduce multisport to youth athletes
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon is pleased to announce that 30 events from across the United States have been selected to form the inaugural USA Triathlon Youth Splash & Dash Aquathlon Series in 2012.
Educating youth athletes between the ages 7-15 about the multisport lifestyle is one of the primary objectives of the series, which is focused on participation and having fun, rather than competition. Alongside the races, many of the selected events will hold USA Triathlon-sanctioned youth clinics.
“The first-ever USA Triathlon Youth Splash & Dash Aquathlon Series is a fantastic way to introduce youth athletes to the benefits of the multisport lifestyle in a fun format,” USA Triathlon CEO Rob Urbach said. “All 10 USA Triathlon regions are well represented in this year’s series, and we look forward to expanding the reach of these events even further in the future.”
USA Triathlon has partnered with race directors, community centers, coaches, clubs and parks & recreation departments to solidify the slate of 30 events scheduled for June through October.
Participants ages 7-10 will cover a 100-meter swim and a 1-kilometer run, while athletes ages 11-15 will complete a 200m swim and a 2k run. Visit usatriathlon.org for complete information on the series.
2012 USA Triathlon Youth Splash & Dash Aquathlon Series
June 23: Storrie Lake Youth Tri, Las Vegas, N.M.
June 24: Splash and Dash at Waverly Woods, Marriotsville, Md.
June 30: FIT FUNdamentals Splash & Dash Youth Race, Albuquerque, N.M.
June 30: Tri If You Dare Kids Splash & Dash, Seminole, Fla.
June 30: USAT Splash and Dash Aquathlon Produced by Peregrine Charities, Cedar Falls, Iowa
July 1: Firecracker Splash and Dash, Ann Arbor, Mich.
July 7: Haka Multisport Youth Splash and Dash, Lafayette, Ind.
July 14: Silver Lake Youth Splash and Dash, Everett, Wash.
July 15: The Tri-Valley Kids Aquathlon, Pleasanton, Calif.
July 15: Healthy Habits Youth Aquathlon, Biddeford, Maine
July 15: Aqua Dash, Verona, Wis.
July 21: Salamander Splash and Dash, Knoxville, Tenn.
July 22: Rocky Mountain State Games USAT Youth Splash and Dash, Colorado Springs, Colo.
July 28: Islander Aquathon Kid’s Race, Mercer Island, Wash.
July 28: T3 Multisports Swim/Run Event, Round Rock, Texas
July 29: YMCA Kids Splash and Dash, Boise, Idaho
July 29: Open Water Swim Challenge and Aquathlon, Little Elm, Texas
Aug. 4: Splash-N-Dash-N-Fun!, Norman, Okla.
Aug. 10: NW YMCA Splash n’ Dash, Irmo, S.C.
Aug. 11: Kid Fest/Backpack Attack, Decatur, Ill.
Aug. 12: Tri Amphibians Splash and Dash, Long Beach, Calif.
Aug. 12: Star City Splash & Dash Kids Race, Lincoln, Neb.
Aug. 18: Chattahoochee Challenge Kids Triathlon, Columbus, Ga.
Aug. 18: Wild Child Splash and Dash, North Wildwood, N.J.
Aug. 25: Inaugural YMCA of Middletown NY Splash and Dash, Monroe, N.Y.
Sept. 8: Moreau Lake Aquathlon and Swims, Gansevoort, N.Y.
Sept. 16: Greater Marco Family YMCA Youth Splash and Dash, Marco Island, Fla.
Sept. 22: San Diego Kids Splash and Dash, San Diego, Calif.
Sept. 22: MKT Splash and Dash, North Miami, Fla.
Oct. 7: Kids Splash and Dash at HFFA, Huntersville, N.C.
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the world – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions 4,000 races and connects with more than 150,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including ITU World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the International Triathlon Union and the United States Olympic Committee.