TRIATHLON: Third annual Gilroy Kids Triathlon is ready to roll

 

A pair of comfortable sneakers, a sleek swim suit, a bike with
pumped-up tires and an appetite for fun are the only four items on
the checklist needed for kids ages 5 to 13 to participate in the
third annual Gilroy Kids Triathlon hosted by the Gilroy Recreation
Department on Saturday at Gilroy High.
A pair of comfortable sneakers, a sleek swim suit, a bike with pumped-up tires and an appetite for fun are the only four items on the checklist needed for kids ages 5 to 13 to participate in the third annual Gilroy Kids Triathlon hosted by the Gilroy Recreation Department on Saturday at Gilroy High.

“The main thing is that we want to make sure these kids are able to participate. To me, the best part about it is that (the triathlon) is accomplishable,” said Veronica Torrez, recreation coordinator for the city. “It’s always great to see the parents gathered at the finish line cheering their children on.”

The event has grown in popularity since last year’s race where 75 kids hit the course, which is designed to accommodate four age groups.

“We are already past that number, so we are very optimistic,” Torrez said. “Twenty-five of those who have signed up are either 5 or 6 years old. That’s exciting.”

Every athlete will receive a medal, a T-shirt, a water bottle and a few more goodies after finishing the race.

As is usual with a community event such as this, a host of volunteers keeps the atmosphere lighthearted an organized throughout the hustle and bustle.

“There are so many volunteers that make this triathlon a success,” Torrez said. “They make a huge commitment.”

Registration will run through the day of the event, but Torrez suggests it’s best to sign-up ahead of time. Cost for Gilroy residents is $30, which is down from last year’s entrance fee.

The first wave of the race begins at 8 a.m. For more information visit cityofgilroy.org.

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