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Last year more than 100 youngsters participated, both boys and girls. Organizer Rodney Sellars says that while lots of kids can run or bike or swim well, this event is designed so they have to do all three. “It's great fun and helps foster youth fitness,” Sellars added.
Advance registration runs through Friday, April 25 and costs $20. Later registrations cost $25, up to and including on event morning starting at 7:30 a.m. Register in person at the Aquatic Center, or mail the 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.
This event is named for Rodney Sellars, who has worked at the Aquatic Center as a supervisor since it opened in 1991 and has taught thousands of youngsters to swim. Sellars began the Great Kids Triathlon as a way to get kids involved in a fun and healthy activity. He was named County Employee of the Year in 2007.