The 4th Annual Owensboro Parent Magazine Kids Triathlon will be held for the first time at the Owensboro Health Healthpark on July 27.
“We are excited about our partnership with the Owensboro Health Healthpark for this year’s Kids Triathlon,” said race coordinator Ashley Gleason. “Not only do they provide a great location, but they’ve also been an amazing partner as we prepare for our biggest year yet.”
Kids ages 4 to 14 are welcome to register and no past race or triathlon experience is necessary. All abilities are welcome as well, including children with special needs.
“We’ll have an abundance of volunteers and police officers throughout the course to make sure all the kids are safe throughout the race,” said race coordinator Taylor West.
There are four race waves that are determined by age: 11-14, 9-10, 7-8 and 4-6. A mandatory parent meeting will be held 15 minutes prior to the start of the age-specific wave.
Registration is open and is $25 through 11:59 p.m. on June 30. The price increases to $30 from July 1 to 11:59 p.m. on July 24. Race day registration will be available from 7 to 7:30 a.m. for $40, but there is no guarantee slots will be open the day of the event as it will be capped at 250 entrants.
Each swim event will separate athletes with a snake swim, where swimmers will cross under each lane.
The 11-14 age wave will start at 7:30 a.m. with a 125-yard snake swim. Racers will then bike a 3.66-mile leg that will leave the Healthpark and wind through the Kentucky Wesleyan College campus before returning to the Healthpark for a 1.02-mile run course that will be a loop on Ford Avenue.
The 9-10 age wave will start at 8:30 with a .75-yard snake swim, a 2.43-mile bike leg and a 1.02-mile run course. The 7-8 age wave will have the same distances for each but will start at 9:15 a.m.
The 4-6 age wave will start at 10 a.m. with a 25-yard snake swim, a .49-mile bike leg and a .53-mile run. The bike course will be an out-and-back on Mayfair Avenue, and the run will be a loop on Ford Avenue.
The event will be chip timed and all age groups will finish through a finishing shoot under a large finish line at the Healthpark.
Finish line refreshments will be provided, and the Kona Ice truck will be on-site with snow cones for purchase.
All participants will receive a medal, t-shirt and goodie bag, and for the first time, age group awards will be given to the top three males and females in each age division.
The event is presented by Independence Bank and Owensboro Health Healthpark is the official health partner.
More info and registration can be found at the Owensboro Parent website. To contact the organizers with questions or to register children with special needs, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-304-5414.