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Rodney's Great Kids Triathlon

Tenth annual event offers great fun and competition at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

 

April 17, 2007

The Rodney’s Great Kids Triathlon now enters its tenth year, with young people up to age 17 competing in swimming, biking and running.

- Saturday, April 28
- 7:30 a.m.
- Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center
- 800 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (formerly East Second Street)
- Charlotte, NC 28202
- 704-336-DIVE

Rodney Sellars, who started Rodney's Great Kids Triathlon a decade ago, is ready to make this milestone event its best yet. Rodney is the Recreation Coordinator at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center and has inspired kids over the years to get in shape and be active. He has encouraged swimmers to also try biking and running.

Potential participants can download a registration form at www.parkandrec.com or contact Rodney Sellers at 704-336-7859 or Matt Jakubowski at 704-336-7855. The cost to enter is $20 for registration by April 20. From April 21 - 28, registration is $25. Race packets for pre-registered participants may be picked up the afternoon before at the Aquatic Center.

The triathlon is a competition for kids in various age groups with boys and girls divisions for —ages 8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-17. Kids start out swimming, jump out of the pool, put on shoes and bike helmets, jump on bicycles, ride the required distance then run their assigned distance to the finish line. The distance of each leg of competition varies in the various age groups. The older the kids, the farther they have to go in each leg of the race:

· The swimming distance ranges from 100 yards to 400 yards.
· The bike rides vary from 1.4 miles to 5.6 miles.
· The run covers distances from .7 miles to 2.8 miles.

Rodney envisioned a fun competition to measure the all around athletic ability of kids. "We are proud and excited to be running our tenth triathlon," Rodney says. "Each year the triathlon has grown and we are looking at over 150 kids to participate this year."

Matt Jakubowski, a Recreation Supervisor at the Aquatic Center, says there is a major emphasis on safety. Streets around the Aquatic Center and Marshall Park are blocked off with police on every corner. The Charlotte skyline makes a great backdrop for the biking and running legs. There are lifeguards in the pool during the swimming competition.

The Aquatic Center is operated by the Mecklenburg County  Park and Recreation Department, which sponsors the triathlon.




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