The Kids of Steel Triathlon returns for its seventh year on July 10. At last year’s race, Ben Johnson prepared for the swim portion of the race. (Submitted photo)


Kids of Steel Triathlon returning July 10

Community News

By: Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016


The Kids of Steel Triathlon is coming back to Garrison Petawawa for its seventh year.

Scheduled for July 10, the event encourages youth under 18 to develop their athletic skills through swimming, cycling and running.

According to Race Director Kirsten Waymann, about 70 participants have already committed to this year’s event, but there is still plenty of time to sign up before the race’s registration deadline of July 7.

“The nice thing is that we have a lot of returning competitors,” said Waymann. “A lot of them put it in their summer routine and come back. As long as you can run, hop on your bike and feel comfortable in the water, you can enter a triathlon.”

Athletes come from all over the region to participate in this race. For the triathlon portion of the event, participants must be six to 17 years old. Three to five years olds, however, can try the Duathlon, which involves a run and cycle around the track. The addition of this shorter event lets the younger kids to get a taste of the sport, hopefully encouraging them to move on to the triathlon as they grow older.

To ensure a level playing field, the races are divided into age group. Distances ranges from 25 m in the pool, 1.5 km bicycling and 500 m of running for the youngest athletes to 300 m of swimming, 10 km of cycling and three km of running for the oldest age group.

“You don’t have to be a hardcore training athlete, the idea is that you should enjoy it, it shows that finishing is winning,” ” said Waymann. “It offers a challenge, but it is short enough to be completed.”

The race is sanctioned and insured by Triathlon Ontario, and there are a legion of volunteers on site to make sure athletes are safe. The facilities are clean, bright and modern; perfect for youth trying out the sport.

The races officially begin at 8:45 a.m on Sunday. Racers and their guardians must check in between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. at Dundonald Hall, and then attend a safety briefing before beginning.

For more information or to register for the race, please visit petawawakos.wix.com/2016.