As the Event Director, Kim Bramblett is involved in organizing the annual Peachtree City Youth Triathlon, a beginner’s race for children ages 6-15, which takes place at the Glenloch Recreation Center in Peachtree City.
“The kid’s tri is great!” Kim says. “It’s very doable for children, and it’s just for fun. I have watched all three of my kids participate in this race as they have grown up, and it is fun to see them enjoy the sport that I love so much. ”
The triathlon is divided into two groups: ages 6 through 10 and ages 11 through 15. The younger group completes a 50-yard swim, a 3-mile bike course and a half-mile run. The older kids double those distances – completing a 100-yard swim, a 6-mile bike course and a 1-mile run.
Safety is of utmost importance in an event of this kind. Children are required to wear helmets and the bikes undergo a pre-race safety inspection. Once the safety check is complete, the kids are encouraged to do their best. Though some kids treat the race as a competitive event, many are there to enjoy the experience of their first race and just have fun. Of the competitive element, Kim says, “Some kids come to race their bikes super fast, but the rest of them have streamers. Don’t get me wrong, they’re competitive, but they’re also having a lot of fun.”
Although awards are given out to the top three finishers in each age group, all the children who participate in the event receive a finisher’s medal and experience the euphoria of completing a triathlon event.
Giving children an opportunity to overcome fears and discover their confidence is what drives Kim’s love for this event in particular. “The kids on the super fast bikes are amazing,” she says, “but watching the smiles on the faces of those who had started the race really nervous, and then crossed the finish line, is the best part of the day. I know that they will leave the race with a little more confidence in themselves and in everything they do.”
You can visit www.tri-ptc.com for more information about the Peachtree City Youth Triathlon.