Friday, September 21, 2012

First Annual Jersey Junior Triathlon

By Jen Rogers, Fitness Coordinator at the JCH Wellness Center

We proudly celebrated a healthy new tradition! On Saturday, August 18th, 68 local kids geared up at Dolan Park in Jerseyville and participated in the first annual Jersey Junior Triathlon.

The event was sponsored by the JCH Wellness Center and the Jerseyville Parks and Recreation department. Participants ages 5 to 8 competed in a 25-yard swim in the Donor Pool, a one-mile bike ride and a half-mile run. Participants ages 9 to 12 competed in a 75-yard swim, a two-mile bike ride and a one-mile run.

The day’s festivities were all about fun and fitness with all finishers receiving an awards medal and an event t-shirt. Many participants were local, but we had kids travel as far as Elsah, Godfrey, Alton, Edwardsville and even Indiana to participate since youth triathlons are a bit of a rarity.

The event was a huge success! It was great to see so many young people being so active, plus the tremendous parental support. Mark your calendars for next year. We’ll be sure to do it again!

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