High Country Kids Triathlon
Ready… Set… Go!
Whether you are a swimmer, runner or cyclist, the sixth annual High Country Kids Triathlon is sure to highlight the athletic ability of all rising superstars throughout Watauga County on Saturday, May 18.
The day of games and fellowship begins at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of Watauga County Parks and Recreation.
Like with similar triathlons, the event will test the individual skills of participants in the fields of swimming, running and biking to determine a final overall score.
Organizer Paula Domermuth said there are three separate age groups and corresponding distances for competition.
The 8 and younger triathlon features a 50-meter swim meet, one-mile bike ride and half-mile run. Participants in the 9 to 12 age group should be prepared to swim 100 meters, bike for three miles and tackle a mile run. Contestants in the 13 to 18 age group will swim 200 meters, bike four miles and complete a mile and a half run. Relay events are also available.
The triathlon will utilize facilities at WCPR, including the pool and the nearby greenway.
Domermuth said organizers are still seeking volunteers to help with the event, including 10 people for the bike course alone.
Domermuth explained the volunteers would assist tri-athletes in instructing them where to turn around, as the event features varying distances for the age groups.
None of the prospective volunteers should have a child competing in the event.
“In the past, we’ve had really good volunteers and really couldn’t do it without them, because you need a lot more in this type of event than an adult event,” Domermuth said. “Parks and rec has helped us get this whole event started.”
In preparation for the multidiscipline contest, Domermuth said there will be free swim practice the WCPR pool at 4:30 p.m. May 15.
The Watauga County Swim Team has also been gracious enough to sacrifice some of its practice time on the morning of the event, Domermuth said.
The idea for a kids’ triathlon came when Domermuth and a friend were on their way back from a similar event and discussed the need for a child-focused triathlon in Watauga County.
“The event helps them get active and gives them a taste of being able to compete in three different areas,” Domermuth said. “What is nice about a triathlon is maybe you are good in one event but not the other. Well, it gives them an opportunity to experience all events. There are also a lot of other kids around, so there is a sense of camaraderie.”
Then, there are the prizes.
“We will have great door prizes,” Domermuth said. “Everyone who finishes gets an award.”
Early registration, if completed by Saturday, May 11, is $25 and $30 after that.
Entry forms are available at the pool or WCPR. Participants can also register online at http://www.active.com.
For more information or to volunteer, call Domermuth at (828) 964-9378.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child.