Nashville is a great area for kids to learn triathlon, and if there’s a season for the sport, it’s August. You’ve got three great options all around the city. I’ve got girls who started at ages 4 and 5, who are now 8 & 9, and I’ve loved sharing the experience with them.
A kid who can do a triathlon can do anything!
Here’s a birds eye view of three triathlons. If your child can swim bike and run, but you’re not sure about how to change from one to another, or “transition”, read my recent post about “Kids Triathlon Practice 101“.
Saturday, August 1– HEAT Kids Triathlon (Hendersonville)
– The 6-10 year olds will swim a 50 yard pool swim, bike 2 miles, and run 1 mile. 11-15 year olds will swim 100 yards, bike 4 miles, and run 2 miles. $30 per child
Sunday, August 16– BEAT Kids Triathlon (Nolensville)
(this is the one my club is putting on, so it’s already my favorite)-
Ages 5-7: 50 yard swim, 2.5 mile bike, 0.7 mile run
Ages 8-11: 100 yard swim, 2.5 mile bike, 0.7 mile run
Ages 12-15: 150 yard swim, 4.8 mile bike, 1.5 mile run
Saturday, August 22– TRY BORO Kids Triathlon (Murfreesboro)
Junior Division (7 to 10 years old): 100 yard swim – 2.4 mile bike – 0.5 mile run .
Senior Division (11 to 14 years old): 200 yard swim – 4.8 mile bike – 1 mile run.
NOTE: If you plan on doing more than one triathlon in a year, sign up for a child’s membership for USAT
. You have to pay a $10 insurance fee for each event. However, if you get a kids USAT membership ($15), that covers you for insurance. Plus, you get the triathlon magazine subscription and a lot of discounts.
I hope you and your kids have a great time with triathlon this summer!