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Rochester Kids Triathlon

The Fourth Annual
Rochester Kids Triathlon
Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Genesee Valley Park

The Rochester Kids Triathlon is for kids 6 to 17 years old who want to try doing a kid-friendly, kids-only, kid-distance triathlon.

If you can swim, ride a bike, and run (or walk), come out and give it a tri!

This event was held at Genesee Valley Park on Saturday, July 19th at 8:00 AM. The swim is in the outdoor pool at GVP. The bike ride is on paved bike trails along the Genesee River. The run is on paved trails and sidewalks in the park.

There will be 3 distances. You decide which distance you want to do.

  • Short course:  50 meter swim, 2.2 mile bike (map), 0.5 mile run (map)
  • Long course: 100 meter swim, 4.3 mile bike (map), 1.0 mile run (map)
  • Cost is $15 per person / $5 for City of Rochester residents
  • Teen Super Sprint: 300 meter swim + 6.4 mile bike (map) + 1.8 mile run (map)
  • Cost is $20 per person / $7 for City of Rochester residents

All participants will get a t-shirt and finisher's medal. The top three finishers for boys and girls in the Teen Super Sprint will receive awards.

Volunteers: We will need about 110 volunteers to help on the day of the event. If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail the Volunteer Coordinator at kidsvolunteer@RochesterTriathletes.com

Click below for information on...
  • Frequently Asked Questions (here)
  • Kids Tri Series (here)
  • Bike Drive on Thursday, July 17 at 6:00 to 8:00 PM (here)
  • Deep End Tests on Thursday, July 17 at 6:00 to 8:00 PM (here)
  • Our Sponsors (here)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a triathlon?
A triathlon is an event with 3 parts: first you swim, then you ride a bike, and last you run (or walk). Yes, you do all 3!

How do I register?

Register on-line here. Or print out this form to register by mail.
Registration will close Thursday, July 17 at midnight (or when event is full). There will be no day-of registration this year.

How do I train?
Check http://www.usatriathlon.org/audience/athlete-resources/kid-zone.aspx for training suggestions and other triathlon information for kids.

Also read this article about helping your children train: http://www.usatriathlon.org/about-multisport/multisport-zone/youth-tips/articles/introduce-youth-to-triathlon.aspx

For free swimming lessons and information about pools in the City, check http://www.cityofrochester.gov/swimlessons/.

I am not a good swimmer. Can I still participate?
Yes! You can swim any stroke (including dog paddle!), hang on to a lane line if you get tired, or use a kickboard if you want. If you have never passed a deep water swimming test, then you will do the swim part in the shallow end, which is only 3 feet deep (this option only works for kids signed up for the Short Course).

Why are we timing?
Lots of kids asked for it, so we are offering it. Times will be posted by bib number only, so if you don't want anyone to know your time, you don't need to. We are also using timing for safety reasons to help us keep track of all participants.

What is a transition?
Transition is when you change from one activity to the next. There will be an area set up near the pool where you will leave your bike and everything you need for the bike ride and run.

Can parents help their kids in transition or on the course?
No. For the safety of all the kids, no parents are allowed in transition or on the course. We will have lots of volunteers to help the kids all along the way. There are many spots along the course where family and friends can cheer on the athletes.

My child has special needs. Can s/he participate?
Yes, if you think s/he can do it. If your child has special needs and needs a support person in order to participate, please e-mail the race director at kidstri_info@RochesterTriathletes.com so we are aware of the situation. You are responsible for finding a support person for your child.

What do I need to bring to the triathlon?

  • Swim suit (wear it)
  • Goggles and swim cap if you want them
  • Towel
  • Socks and sneakers
  • Bike and helmet
  • Clothes to change into afterwards

Are there awards?
For the Teen Super Sprint, there will be awards for the top three finishers for boys and for girls. For the Short Course and Long Course, there are no awards but results will be posted on-line shortly after the event.

Where do we park?
Parking is available at Genesee Valley Park, 131 Elmwood Avenue. Parking is also available on the road directly across from the entrance to the park and by the tennis courts off Genesee Street.

I still have questions. Who do I ask?
E-mail the race director at kidstri_info@RochesterTriathletes.com

Kids Tri Series!

The 2014 Rochester Area Youth Triathlon Series! Do one or two or do all five! If you participate in three of the Rochester area youth triathlons, you will earn a specially designed technical shirt compliments of Innovative Edge Sports, Victor, NY.

See each event's website for information and registration.

Gananda Youth Triathlon
Saturday, May 10 at 10:00 AM
For kids currently in grades 3 to 12
Location: Richard Mann Elementary School, Walworth NY
Website: http://www.gananda.org/athletics.cfm?subpage=952538

Webster Youth Triathlon
Sunday, June 8 at 9:00 AM *registration opens May 1*
For kids in kindergarten to 16 years old
Location: Webster Aquatic Center, Webster NY
Website: http://www.ci.webster.ny.us/index.aspx?nid=209

Rochester Kids Triathlon
Saturday, July 19 at 8:00 AM *registration is open*
For ages 6 to 17
Location: Genesee Valley Park, Rochester NY
Website: http://rochestertriathletes.com/kidstri

Perinton Youth Triathlon
Saturday, August 9 at 9:00 AM
For ages 8 to 14
Location: Perinton Community Center, Fairport NY
Website: http://www.perinton.org/Departments/Recreation/triathlon

Finger Lakes Kids Triathlon Saturday, September 6 at 10:00 AM *registration is open*
For ages 6 to 14
Location: Kershaw Park, Canandaigua NY
Website: http://www.fingerlakestriathlon.com/kids.asp

Bike Drive and Deep End Tests

Do you have bikes in your garage or basement that no one is using? Bring them to Genesee Valley Park on
Thursday, July 17 between 6:00 and 8:00 PM to donate them to R Community Bikes, a grassroots organization that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to Rochester's most needy children and adults. See http://rcommunitybikes.net/ for more information about their program.

If you have never taken a deep end test, but know you can swim safely in the deep end, come by Genesee Valley Park on Thursday, July 17 between 6:00 and 8:00 PM to take a deep end test in the Genesee Valley Pool (free).

Come by Genesee Valley Park on Thursday, July 17 anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 PM to see where the kids triathlon will be. We will have course maps and point you in the right direction if you want to ride or run the course.

Sponsors: Sponsors help make the Rochester Kids Triathlon possible. Thank you to our sponsors so far this year.

In order to make this event a success, we need sponsors to help cover the costs. Sponsors will get their logo on the RATs website, linked to their own website, and their logo on the race t-shirt. They may also distribute information or goodies at registration. If you are interesting in sponsoring the Rochester Kids Triathlon, please contact the Race Director, Cynthia Childs, at cynthia.childs@RochesterTriathletes.com