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Times aren’t recorded as about 70 children ages 5-10 swam in the Buchanan Park pool, rode their bikes and ran in the annual Kids Triathlon organized by the Evergreen Park & Recreation District. In addition, it’s a fundraiser for EPRD’s INSPIRE special needs program.
For some, it was their first experience in the sport. Younger participants swim, bike and run shorter distances than older participants.
The triathlon gives kids a chance to be outside, be active and do something healthy, according to Maren Schreiber, who has coordinated the event for years along with a ton of volunteers.
Rob Wright, a parent who also teaches physical education at The Bergens, agrees.
“This is motivating for my son and for my students, too,” he said. “It’s cool that (son Radley, 10) has done something I haven’t done. He’s so excited about the triathlon. It’s a big self-confidence boost.”
Wright high-fived some of his students, congratulating them on the feat.
Radley’s mom, Michele, helped Radley prepare for each event, while grandparents Lois and Dale LaGrange called encouragingly as Radley moved through the three events.
Kerry Nekuda, who watched Brooklyn, 5, swim, said she brought the family to the Kids Triathlon from Castle Rock because she thought it would be a fun day of activities.
“There are only a handful of these kinds of events around for kids,” she said, noting that the family also hikes and runs.
A parking area at the Buchanan rec center was the staging area, where children changed shoes, grabbed bikes and got some water as they moved between activities. Some parents joined their children in the run portion of the event.
For Chris and Georgina Lewis, whose sons Rafe and Sanders competed in the triathlon, the three activities typify activities prevalent in Evergreen.
“It’s good for kids to see different sports,” Chris Lewis noted.
Robyn Frye of Evergreen held a sign encouraging her grandson Josh Mack, 7, as he moved through the course. Josh’s mom, Jackie, said the family had not seen an event similar to the kids triathlon in Lakewood where they live, so they signed up for the Evergreen event along with two neighbors.
“This is so fun,” she said. “It’s so cool.”
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