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Posted on: August 27, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Young athletes encouraged to “try” at annual youth triathlon Sept. 12

Tri the Rock

Just try. That’s the motto local kids should keep in mind as they pull on their swimsuits, dust off their bikes and lace up their sneakers. It’s time for the Town’s annual Tri the Rock youth triathlon.

This year’s event is from 7:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 12, at Butterfield Crossing Park and Pool, 3952 W. Butterfield Crossing Drive. Registration is available at

Young athletes of all ability levels, ages 5 to 18, are invited to participate. Please remember, participants compete based on their age as of race day. The race distances are:

  • Ages 5-6: 25-meter swim (one pool length), 1-kilometer bike ride (one lap around Butterfield Park) and a 500-meter run
  • Ages 7-10: 50-meter swim (two pool lengths, down and back), 4-kilometer bike ride and a 1-kilometer run
  • Ages 11-14: 100-meter swim (four pool lengths, down and back twice), 8-kilometer bike ride and a 2-kilometer run
  • Ages 15-18: 100-meter swim, 16-kilometer bike ride and 3-miile run

Event fees are $60 through Tuesday, Aug. 31. The event fee raises to $65 starting Wednesday, Sept. 1. The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 10. The registration fee includes a T-shirt, goody bag and post-race meal. The local school with the most participants will get to display the traveling Tri the Rock trophy for an entire year.

Bike racks open at 6 a.m. for ages 7-18, and the transition area closes at 7:15 a.m. to prepare for the first race. The races begin at 7:30 a.m. with age groups following in order from oldest to youngest. The race for ages 5-6 does not begin until 10:30 a.m. Packet pickup is available during normal store hours Sept. 6 through 11, at RNR Running & Walking, 440 Fourth St.

Is your child excited to give the event a try for the first time? Make sure they’re prepared with a free first-timer clinic hosted Saturday, Sept. 5 at Butterfield Crossing Park. Participants are invited for a one-hour timeslot between 1 and 4 p.m. The clinic is designed to ease anxiety for kids and their parents and will include a review of the racecourse and additional information. Space is limited, and registration is required before Saturday, Aug. 28.

For more information on the event, first-timer clinic or registration, head to

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