Training Kids to 'Tri Harder'

City youth triathlon set for Aug. 12

Published online: Aug 07, 2017 Articles, East Idaho Health, Family Fun Guide
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Ever wonder how your insanely in-shape neighbor down the street can compete in a day-long ordeal of running, biking and swimming – and still have time to mow the lawn before bed?

You can’t become a fitness freak overnight. You have to set the stage early, and work your body and mind over the course of years – if not decades – to successfully compete in a triathlon. Now imagine that you had exposure to this kind of endurance test in childhood.

A triathlon for kids might sound outlandish, but the city’s park and rec division has actually been hosting such an event since 2005.

The largest kids’ triathlon in the state of Idaho is once again coming to the Wes Deist Aquatic Center on Saturday, Aug. 12. All children, ages 13 and under, are invited to join us for the 11th Annual Kids Tri Harder Triathlon.

This annual event is designed for children of all skill levels, beginner to advanced.  Participants can choose the distance that is right for them – Mini, Super, Mega and Extreme Triathlons.

Life-jackets, training wheels and encouraging parents are all welcome at this event.

Swag bags and awards will be given to all participants. Smith Honda will provide a pancake breakfast for all of our hungry athletes, along with a raffle full of great prizes!

Check-in time is 7:30 a.m. The race begins at 8 a.m.

The registration fee is $25 per child.

Register online, stop by 149 7th Street or call (208) 612-8519. For additional information, see the Aquatic Center website.

Too old to participate but want to join in the fun? Fantastic! Event organizers are also looking for volunteers, ages 13 and older. All volunteers will receive a delicious breakfast and swag bag, complete with a t-shirt. Volunteers should contact Ashli Johnson at



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