The morning skies shone a sunny blue while a soft breeze offered cool refreshment and dozens of young athletes completed the fourth-annual Blaine Kids Triathlon.
The event, staged July 29 at Lakeside Commons Park, challenged participants aged 7-14 to swim 100 or 165 yards, bicycle 2.3 miles through the residential neighborhood surrounding the park and run 1 mile to the finish line.
Organized by Blaine Park and Recreation Department this year’s event attracted more participants than ever.
“We keep growing and this year is the biggest ever with 120 kids signed up,” said Blaine Recreation Manager Nate Monahan.
No official time clock is set for the race but parents are welcome to time their triathlete’s progress. This year’s winner with a time of just over 21 minutes was 13 year-old Josie Hiers who lives in Florida but said she spends her summers in Blaine.
Second overall finisher was Geno Huddleston, also 13, who lives in Oakdale and finished the triathlon in approximately 24 minutes.
Registration fee for the 2017 Blaine Kids Triathlon was $30 for residents of Blaine; $33 for non-residents. Each registrant received a race shirt and swim cap, refreshments and a medal.
The 2018 Blaine Kids Triathlon is set for July 28.
Sixth annual Blaine Triathlon
Once again, competition will be staged for adult triathletes during the sixth-annual Blaine Triathlon slated for Sept. 9 at Lakeside Commons Park; start time 8 a.m.
The course includes a 0.3-mile swim, 16.7-mile bicycle race and a 3.5-mile run to the finish line.
Registration is still open. Individual racers’ registration fees are $100 plus processing fees. Relay teams of two or three racers can register for $125 plus processing fees.
Each competitor receives a dry fit performance T-shirt, a swim cap, refreshments and a medal.