Often, if children try out for sports teams and don’t make it, they can feel upset and negative about continuing to exercise. This awesome event is all about getting kids to be more active and celebrating a sport that any child can do no matter their skill level or size.
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to represent New England Kids Triathlon along with the help of New England Patriots' Zoltan Mesko at an event at the Attleboro YMCA camp in Norton, MA. I was able to talk to kids about topics like healthy eating, staying active, and my own triathlon experiences. Mesko was also involved with the program where he spoke about his own experiences growing up and playing sports. He also spoke about what he eats to fuel his body and promoted lots of healthy fruits and veggies, carbohydrates, and protein sources. It was really refreshing to hear him talk about the building blocks of a balanced meal plan and not some of the fad diets that other people follow!
The New England Kids Triathlon will take place at MIT on Sunday, July 22nd, 2012. Just like a regular adult triathlon, the event will include swimming, biking, running, and the transitions between the different events. The event will have two different distances depending on age. Kids age 6-10 will do a 100 meter swim, 3 mile bike ride, and ½ mile run, while those in the 11-15 year age group will do a 200 meter swim, 6 mile bike ride, and 1 mile run.
If you have some children and are interested in getting them involved in triathlon, visit the New England Kids Triathlon website for registration info and details. If you’re an adult without children, consider volunteering at the event. We’ll need tons of volunteers to keep everything running smoothly and help cheer on the kiddos as they tackle this challenge. It’s sure to be a rewarding day for kids competing and adult volunteers alike!