My two older kids just participated in their first triathlon this past weekend and it was an awesome experience! Have any of your kids ever done a triathlon or have you? I made my kids do a triathlon before I did. (I’m participating in a women’s only triathlon later in October and I’m shaking with fear.) The triathlon my kids did was for ages five and up and my kids had a good time. It’s a great accomplishment and they’re proud of what they did. We’re definitely planning on doing one at least once a year. The cost is minimal (around $30 - $40) and in order to participate, you have to pay only $5 for an annual membership to USA Triathlon. We did some minimal “training” where the kids went on bike rides with us in the evening and we had them run a little bit after the bike ride. Because they had been swimming all summer on our local swim team, we didn’t have them practice that since they were comfortable with it. It was great seeing so many kids there so physically fit and active! I was very impressed. That seems to be the trend these days – getting fit and eating healthier.
With First Lady Michele Obama’s Let’s Move campaign launched earlier this year, physical activity has never received more attention. The Let’s Move campaign’s goal is to tackle the challenge (and solve) childhood obesity. You’re probably aware that childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years. Let’s Move is striving to involve ever y sector that impacts the health of children to achieve the goal of solving childhood obesity within a generation. It is providing schools, families and communities simple tools to help kids be more active, eat better and get healthy.
Being at the kids’ triathlon last weekend, I felt like I was personally involved with the First Lady’s mission. She would’ve been proud with what she saw there – kids swimming two to six 25-yard laps, biking one to four miles and running half a mile to over a mile. These kids were definitely MOVING! J
We participated in this triathlon through Kids In Training (kidsintraining.org) which is a local organization. A national organization targeting kids’ participation in triathlons is IronKids at www.ironkids.com. You can also check out the USA Triathlon website at www.usatriathlon.org. This might be something you’d like your kids to try or you may already have. You can make the training aspect of the triathlon a wonderful family bonding experience by going to the pool together, biking together and running with them. J The family being active together makes for a fun time and you’re encouraging physical activity which enhances their overall well-being!