Children ages 6-17 from the city and surrounding area can compete in the eighth annual Rochester Youth Triathlon at 8:30 a.m. on July 28 at Genesee Valley Park, 1000 E. River Road, Rochester.
City residents are eligible for a registration discount for the swimming, biking and running event. All participants receive a free T-shirt and finisher’s medal.
Maplewood YMCA offers a kids triathlon program to help train area youth for the event. Leilani Hernandez, 13, participated in the Maplewood YMCA program, and is a three-time triathlon competitor.
“I think it’s a really fun event, because it encourages kids to become healthier and there’s so many people supporting each other,” she said. “Everyone’s just really happy, and it’s a good environment for kids to be around.”
“I became involved because I have a passion for the city, the sport of triathlon and empowering people — kids in particular — to be active,” said Cynthia Childs, founder and former director of the Rochester Youth Triathlon.
Volunteer Gordy Whitaker took over as race director after Childs stepped down this year.
“We have a great team of coordinators that dedicate a lot of time and effort to make this a fun event for all,” Whitaker said. “It makes it all worthwhile when you see the smiles and the looks of determination and accomplishment on the kids’ faces.”
Participants can choose from three distances: short course, long course and Teen Super Sprint.
The short course is a 50-meter swim, 2.2-mile bike and half-mile run. The long course is a 100-meter swim, 4.3-mile bike and 1-mile run. The Teen Super Sprint, the only youth event of its kind in the state, is a 300-meter swim, 6.4-mile bike and 1.8-mile run.
The top three finishers for boys and girls in the Teen Super Sprint will receive awards. Visit rochestertriathletes.com/youthtri to register.