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4/6/2010
Charlotte, NC-- Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is now taking registrations for the 13th annual “Rodney's Great Kids Triathlon” on Saturday April 17, 2010 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center, 800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Competition begins at 8:30am.

Last year 176 youngsters participated, both boys and girls. Organizer Rodney Sellars observes that, “Lots of kids can run or bike or swim well, but this event is designed so they have to do all three. It's great fun and helps foster youth fitness!

Advance registration runs through April 9 and costs $20. Later registrations cost $25, up to and including on event morning starting at 7:30am. Register in person at the Aquatic Center or mail the entry form. For entry form and rules, visit www.parkandrec.com click on Aquatics in the left column, the on Rodney’s Great Kids Triathlon in the left column, or click here for details and entry form.

The triathlon is held in the Aquatic Center’s pool and on streets outside. Competition in swimming, biking, and running stretches over a course with age-appropriate distances. Separate competitions are held for boys and girls in age categories 8 and younger, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-17.

There have been some changes to this year’s event. Kids ages 8-under will do one lap on both the bike course and the run course.

This event is named for Rodney Sellars, who has worked at the Aquatic Center as a supervisor since it first opened. Rodney began this event 12 years ago as a way to get kids involved in fun and healthy activity. Three years ago, Rodney was named Mecklenburg County Employee of the Year, in part because of the popularity of this event. Rodney has also taught thousands of youngsters to swim!