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.