Sexton Mountain Elementary teacher, Jim Hayhurt, started this event to encourage kids to be active and raise money for Friends of CARRA, a charity close to his heart. An Ironman triathlete, Hayhurst knows a little about the triathlon world and has a niece fighting rheumatoid arthritis. It’s the perfect way to bring two of his loves together and get the community involved. Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) consists of 400 pediatric rheumatologists and researchers working to find a cause and treatment for juvenile arthritis and diseases of the joints, muscles and bones in children. Diseases that leave children in chronic pain with limited options.
Participants are encouraged to do all three events, but can change it into a duathlon or run, if desired. A very flexible race, with a focus on having a good time and leaving with a sense of accomplishment. Kids can shorten their swim or even use a lifejacket, if necessary. A laid back event to let the kids have fun, get some exercise and accomplish an official triathlon. Register a family for $28 or an individual for $12. A great deal! Registration closes on May 16th, so don’t procrastinate.
The race begins in waves at the Conestoga Recreation Center. A 100 yard swim in the pool, a 2 mile bike ride around the Southride High School area and two laps around the track for a ½ mile run. Tons of fun for kids of all ages and an excellent way to let them test out a triathlon. Everyone leaves a winner in this one. A casual race with an amazingly supportive staff and all the fun stuff of a bigger, ‘adult’ triathlon, I think every kid should do this one at least once. A great way to get them excited to exercise, while helping kids that struggle with pain every single day. Helping kids that don’t have the luxury to swim, bike or run without pain. Sign up or help volunteer at Athletepath and make sure to check out the Hayhurst Kids Triathlon page.