Mini triathletes

. May 30, 2013.

Triathlon competitions have exploded in popularity, and more parents compete every year. “Kids would watch their moms and dads in the races and want to join in,” says Eva Solomon, CEO of Epic Races (, a multisport race management company that hosts race clinics as well as seven events a year. A former elementary school teacher, Solomon knew that kids needed a race tailored especially for them. So she began offering Tri Kids Tri, a triathlon designed for kids of all abilities. Held at Portage State Park in the Waterloo Recreation Area (near Grass Lake), the event has separate requirements for kids ages 7-10 and 11-14, including swimming in shallow water — “a lot of the kids just ran or waded,” says Solomon — a bike ride of three or six miles, and a 1 or 1.5 mile run. Do kids need to train? “A kid shouldn’t have a training schedule, they should have fun!” says Solomon. All kids who finish (and, according to Solomon, that’s every kid who enters the race) get a T-shirt, finisher award, swim cap, samples of sponsor products, a festive post race brunch, and most importantly, the right to call themselves “triathletes.” Saturday, June 15; orientation 8:30am, start time 10am. Visit for full details on the race, including registration (starting at $35 for USAT members and $45 for non-USAT members), maps, and complete info on what to expect.