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Yes, that’s right, TRY-athlon (not triathlon) – and I can’t think of a more fun way of raising great kids.

So what is it?

Tryathlon is organised annually by Sanitarium Week-Bix and is held in most major cities in Australia around February/March time. It’s an absolutely wonderful event and the whole idea is that kids have a go at taking part in a triathlon, thoroughly enjoying themselves along the way.   It’s not a race, it’s just about taking part and having a TRY …and everyone’s a winner, whether or not they are able to fully complete each event.

It starts with the swim

The Sydney Tryathlon is held at Homebush Olympic Park and the event starts in the Olympic pool.  The atmosphere is electric as boys and girls line up in their age groups to start their swim.  There are plenty of life-guards both in and out of the water to help any kids who might be struggling.  And if it all becomes too hard the kids can get out of the pool and go onto the next part of the event.

The next part is the cycle

All the bikes are lined up in age and gender order before the Tryathlon starts – and there are hundreds of them.  As soon as the kids are out of the pool they make their way to their bikes.  Shoes, helmets and sponsor vests are put on as quickly as possible and off they go on the cycle leg.  It’s just so exciting.

The final leg is the run

Bikes are put back in their original places and the final run leg starts.  Some kids forget to take off their bike helmets and others still have swim caps and goggles in place – but doesn’t matter.  Everyone’s having a go – and more importantly, having fun.  As the kids cross the finishing line they are given a ‘gold’ medal – and if they don’t quite make it to the finishing line, they get one anyway for taking part.  Like I said earlier, they are all winners!

Talk about raising great kids, it happens with abundance every year at this event.

From experience…

If you live in Australia you’ll know it can be very hot in summer and on the three occasions my boys have taken part the weather has been in the high 30′s.  Remember to take lots of extra water and water-proof  suntan cream.  It’s also a good idea to encourage your kids to train for the event, that way they have a better chance of being able to complete the race without assistance.

You can find out more about Sanitarium Week-Bix Tryathlon here.  Events fill up fast, so if your children are keen to be involved in 2011 I suggest you book soon.

Thanks for reading another raising great kids blog.  Taking part in Tryathlon – just another way of raising great kids.

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Jan Littlehales

10 Responses to “Raising Great Kids – Tryathlon”

  1. Wal Heinrich says:

    I wish Tryathlons were around when my daughters were young. The older one was into anything of that sort, and the younger one, while not built athletic like her older sister, was always up to trying anything her sister did. What she lacked in athletic ability she made up for with heart, she would keep going no matter what. As I look back on those times now, I realize it was fun raising great kids.

  2. Carolyn says:

    Something about kids… they change your life in every way. And it sounds like you have a lot of fun with your kids. Our kids are all grown now, but when we get together we still have lots of fun, and with grandchildren coming the cycle begins again. Every age is precious. I enjoyed reading your post and to be reminded of the joys of parenting.

  3. What a great event for our children to give them the opportunity and confidence to participate and achieve fantastic goals! Congrats to your children for their participation.

  4. Sounds like there are a lot of positives to the triathlon, which is perfect for raising great kids. By keeping kids active and giving them a sense of accomplishment, the whole process works to build self confidence. My only comment would be regarding the gold medal for kids that don’t finish. I think they should be given a silver medal instead, otherwise it devalues their efforts. Just think – a kid who ‘only’ got a silver this year is bound to want to try harder next year to finish and get a gold medal.

  5. A great event for kids to get fit, have fun, and make friends–all at the same time. It gives me an idea. Maybe a kick-a-thon for experienced martial artists and beginners alike.

  6. Belinda says:

    This looks like a great event to get all the family involved, it not only keeps the kids fit but promotes family unison.

  7. Eileen says:

    Hi Jan,
    What a great idea. Is it hard to get kids to train for a Triathlon?

    Thanks, Eileen.

  8. Kristy says:

    Great Idea Jan, I just completed by first City to Surf this year and it was hard work! Wish I had been into fitness a lot younger!
    Kristy :-)

  9. Hey, well done Kristy for completing your first City to Surf – triathlon next maybe? :)

  10. An insightful post right there mate ! Thanks for posting !

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