Swim, Bike, Run at the North Texas Kids Triathlon on September 16th
Best Kids Triathlon Series in the World to Make 2nd Stop in Texas!
Some of the best triathlons in the world are right here in Texas. And, there are some great events for kids. However, your expectations of what a kids’ triathlon (and maybe even an adult triathlon) looks like is about to change. Based on their record setting event this past April in Houston (more than 1,000 kids), the North Texas Kids Triathlon has added a stop in Arlington, TX on September 16th, 2012.
This event will be the season finale to their national series billed as the best kids triathlons in the world. Before you dismiss this as marketing fluff, consider the fact that more than 6,000 kids will compete in their 6 events during 2012 making them the largest kids triathlon series in the world. And, this is only their 4th season organizing events.
North Texas Kids Triathlon starts by making triathlons as exciting and fun as other things kids love to do. This is evidenced by their unique group of Founding Partners: Academy Sports + Outdoors, the YMCA and Firehouse Subs. Together, this team plans to attract more than 800 kids and 3,000 spectators to the University of Texas – Arlington, and the event will instantly become one of the 10 largest kids triathlons ever held in the United States.
What makes North Texas Kids Triathlon events so different? While the answer may not be found in any single factor, there are 5 components of what they do that are truly unique.
1) Celebrity Big Kids™
This will be a race with true star power. Clearly, the kids will be the stars of the show. However, they will be joined by a professional triathlete, members of the local media and other celebrities from throughout North Texas. These famous folks will be available for photos and autographs though their primary job is to encourage and to recognize the kids. Best of all, they will actually compete in their own mini-triathlon – The Celebrity Big Kids™ Challenge.
2) Group Fundraiser – Donations for Schools
Let’s face it. Most kids’ races are comprised of kids who have parents that are triathletes. While these youngsters are very important to the North Texas Kids Triathlon, the organizers go to great lengths to introduce new kids (and families) to the sport. Through an extensive outreach program, they will provide free training and guest speakers to encourage kids to adopt the healthy habits that come with being a triathlete. Most importantly, any school or team bringing 10 or more kids to the race will earn a donation back to their organization of $10 per participant. In total, the North Texas Kids Triathlon expects to make donations in excess of $5,000 and have more than 600 youngsters complete their first triathlon on September 16th.
3) Safe Course
In general, adult triathletes take pride in being a hearty bunch. When it comes to the kids, the story is different. This is why the organizers require a pool swim (with a ton of lifeguards), a bike course that is completely closed to vehicles and a run course on the sidewalks and pathways of the UTA campus. The kids will never be out of sight of one of the volunteers, and safety is the top priority.
4) Pre-Race Pep Rally
Rather than coordinating a traditional packet pick-up session, this event turns the evening before into a party. Everyone will have a chance to preview the course, complete their paperwork and get their Goody Bag. In addition, the Celebrity Big Kids will join with live entertainment and a DJ host to lead a Pre-Race Pep Rally at 5:30pm Saturday. This high-energy event will be headlined by Almon Gunter, a world-famous motivational speaker (who also happens to serve as the finish line announcer on Sunday).
5) Free Ice Cream & Cool Medals
Is there any better way to celebrate than with a cool medal around your neck and an ice cream cone in your hand? This is what being a kid is all about. . . especially a kid who just completed his or her first triathlon! The goal is for every child (and parent) to leave with a huge smile on their face and an incredible sense of accomplishment inside.
As we all know, there are some great triathlons in Texas. We all have our favorites for one reason or another. While these favorites may not change, there is a chance this new event will become a signature way to wrap up the triathlon season in North Texas. Whether you participate as an athlete, parent or volunteer, you will witness some life-changing moments. You will witness the next generation of triathletes getting introduced to a sport they can “play” for the rest of their healthy and active lives.
For many, that alone makes this the best triathlon in the world. Call 904-448-2114 www.northtexaskidstriathlon.com