Our 2013 event is scheduled for Saturday, March 15th and Sunday, March 16th, 2014. It will be held on the beautiful Kiwanis Park.
6111 S. All American Way
Tempe, AZ 85283
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Dear Kids, Parents & Partners:
Congratulations on your involvement in what will be the largest kids' triathlon ever held in Arizona. That's right. We expect 500+ kids to participate in this year's event. . . in just our first year! This is a great accomplishment for families throughout Arizona, and our Founding Partners at Arizona in Action, Breakthrough Multisport and Phoenix Children's Hospital deserve much of the credit. We hope you are looking forward to April 27 & 28 as much as we are. It should be a lot of fun!
With this in mind, we are working hard to make sure everyone is well-informed and prepared for the festivities. Part of this effort will be a series of 3 emails (starting with this one) that you will receive between now and race day. Please take the time to read all of the details below and feel free to get back to us with any additional questions or concerns. If we do not answer your questions in this email, it is likely we will cover them in 1 of the next 2.
Only 97 Spaces Remain!
While this event is already 1 of the 10 largest kids triathlons in the United States, there is still room for your friends, neighbors and classmates to register. Safety is always our highest priority, however, the course is designed to accommodate up to 600 kids. A cool tent and finish line area - inside of Kiwanis Park - will make for a great atmosphere, and we will have many special guests and celebrities on hand to add to the excitement. Please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested in participating or direct them to our race website, ArizonaKidsTriathlon.org. There is no better way to complete your first triathlon than with your family cheering and your best friend at your side.
Over the past month, we have received a bunch of emails about the proper equipment for a triathlon and the rules governing what type of bikes you can ride. For safety and insurance purposes, our event is sanctioned by USATriathlon. As a result, we need to follow their rules. While we will talk much more about what to bring with you on race day in subsequent emails, here are some of the most important equipment guidelines:
- No training wheels are allowed
- All participants must wear a helmet at all times when on their bikes.
- No aerodynamic equipment is allowed. This includes no use of aero bars, no use of aero helmets and no use of full disc wheels.
- We will supply every participant with a color-coded swim cap.
- No flotation devices will be allowed in the pool. The kids can grab onto the lane lines and rest at the end of each lap, but they cannot use any preservers, noodles or floaties.
Huge Team Response
As many of you know, one of the hallmarks of our event is our outreach effort to teams, schools and other organizations across Arizona. This year, we have 16 registered teams who will bring more than 300 kids to our event. Leading the way are teams from SunDevil Aquatics (32); Glendale Tri-Stars (31); CrossFit Fury (30) and Kyrene Altadena Middle School (26). Congratulations and thank you to every team leader, and do not forget there is still time to grow your teams. Every additional team member will earn your organization another $10, and we look forward to donating more than $3,000 back to the community through this program.
The beautiful Kiwanis Park in Tempe will play host to our event, and we believe the course will be ideal for a large number of participants and an even larger number of spectators. All elements of the course are designed to promote safety and to enhance the spectator experience. Most importantly, we will have more than 100 volunteers placed throughout the course on Sunday to help guide and encourage the kids. Please take a few minutes to learn about the course and click here to see all of the 2013 course maps.
Thank You Partners
Everything we do (including this email) is possible because of the incredible support of our partners. Headlining the 2013 Partner Team are Phoenix Children's Hospital, TRIBE Multisport, CrossFit Fury, the YMCA, Breakthrough Multisport, Tri Scottsdale and Arizona in Action. Please take a minute to visit our website and to reach out to say thank you to each and every one of them. Of course, if you (or your company) would like to join us as a Partner, please visit our website or give Tom a call at 904.448.2707.
Race day is on Sunday for many reasons. At the same time, we realize Sunday is a very important day to many people. For this reason, we are proud to offer a non-denominational, sunrise service on Sunday morning at 6:45am. It will be held on the stage in the Big Tent near the finish line. Everyone is invited to participate.
Almon Gunter will be in the House
The weekend events will officially kick-off with a high-energy Pep Rally on Saturday, April 27, at 5:30pm. It is not mandatory, but you will not want to miss it. In addition to the introduction of all the Celebrity Big Kids and some very cool entertainment, Mr. Almon Gunter (former track star and current athletic trainer) will deliver a motivational message for all ages. Without a doubt, his enthusiasm will get you ready for Race Day. He will also be autographing copies of his new book, The Super Freak Way.
Last but not least, we need your help. Obviously, a huge team of volunteers is required to keep everything running according to plan. If you have any friends or neighbors who might be interested, please direct them to the Volunteer Section of our website. Every volunteer receives a great t-shirt and cool gift. Also, Community Service Hours are available. Click here to learn more about how to become an Arizona Kids Triathlon volunteer.
The 2013 Organizing Committee