Monday, August 29, 2011

2011 Chicago Kids Triathlon


This weekend Tazer and Gaigai participated in the 2011 Chicago Kids Triathlon - some of their friends were there as well, so it was a really great morning. We checked in with no problems and the kids got really cool tech shirts, a nice improvement over last year. This year's theme was "It's Monster Fun!, so all the designs (except. oddly enough ,the race logo) featured a 3-eyed monster a la Monsters, Inc."

The organization seemed a bit better this year, except for the transition area, where there was no direction. It seemed like there must have been a lot of novice parents this year, as MOST of the bikes were set up under the bike racks, rather than to one side or another. It really limited the available spaces, but we managed to find decent spots for the kids to have their bikes together, which was a real plus. We couldn't have asked for nicer weather, with a cool and balmy morning, though it did get hot and windy as the day progressed (we were okay in the shade).


The kids had a great time, the medals were very cool and completely different than last year, so that was neat as well. Both kids felt like they did better than last year and are already recruiting friends for next year. If you're looking for a well-run kids' tri or an introductory adult tri, the Saturday of the Chicago Triathlon offers both, with a Super Sprint available for those just starting out.

12 comments:

  1. Great event - the kids did well and are so proud to have participated:)

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  2. Congrats to your kids! What a great way to share this sport with them.

    My kids did the Pewaukee, WI triathlon kids race (not too terribly far from you) in July and had a really good time. It was well run. They did give out cotton t-shirts, but the finisher medals were nice and the race was very inexpensive. My daughter (7) wanted to do it again as soon as she was done. She had a blast! My son (10) was in a bit of a mood that morning, but later told others he had fun. He didn't really train and wasn't really up for the running portion - had to walk part of it.

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  3. Congrats to the kids!! They have done something I haven't. I bet they liked the theme too :)

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  4. Wow--so they swim in the lake? Our kids tris around here all have pool swims. Anyhow, hats off to the little guys. It's so great to introduce them to the sport early like this. It has to influence healthy habits for a lifetime (we all hope, right?)

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  5. That looks like a lot of fun. Congratulations to your kids.

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  6. What a super event. They don't have anything like that around here.
    I'm thinking that would be the perfect distance for me to do on my first attempt. :)

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  7. That is so cool! I am so impressed.

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  8. Woohoo! Congrats to your kids! That is so awesome!

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  9. Awesome! Nice to have an event like that available to youngsters :)

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  10. Congrats to the kids!! Sounds like a blast...great way to motivate kids to stay active :)

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  11. I love this! Congrats to the kids!

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