Aspiring athletes swim, bike, run to complete Blaine Kids Triathlon

Contributing Writer

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.

With parents cheering and snapping action photos 7- and 8-year old triathletes race into the lake for the swim portion of the July 29 Blaine Kids Triathlon. Photos by Sue Austreng
With parents cheering and snapping action photos 7- and 8-year old triathletes race into the lake for the swim portion of the July 29 Blaine Kids Triathlon. Photos by Sue Austreng

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.

For more information call Nate Monahan at 763-785-6151 or visit www.blainetriathlon.com or www.active.com.

Eleven-year old triathletes plunge into the lake during the third wave of the July 29 event. Making their way to the 50-yard buoy the second wave of participants in the Blaine Kids Triathlon complete the swim portion of the competition. Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department firefighters (dressed in blue T-shirts) positioned themselves in the lake to provide emergency aid if needed. Seven- and 8-year-old participants made up the largest age category of the 120 7-14 year old Blaine Kids Triathlon competitors. One Blaine Kids Triathlon participant reacts to her parents’ cheers as she passes another competitor and makes her way out of the lake and across the Lakeside Commons Beach to the bicycle race portion of the event. Young triathletes pedal along the 2.3 mile-long route during the second phase of the July 29 Blaine Kids Triathlon. An older Blaine Kids Triathlon competitor laps the bicyclists as he completes the 1-mile run portion of the July 29 event. Josie Hiers, 13, completed the Blaine Kids Triathlon in just over 21 minutes, crossing the finish line before all other competitors. Geno Huddleston, 13, finished the Blaine Kids Triathlon in second place when he crossed the finish line in 24 minutes. Kevin Hoang, 13, out-kicks his nearest competitor as they race the final steps of the one-mile run portion of the July 29 Blaine Kids Triathlon. With family and friends cheering her every step Mattea Strudle, 7, completes her first triathlon – smiling all the way.
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Making their way to the 50-yard buoy the second wave of participants in the Blaine Kids Triathlon complete the swim portion of the competition. Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department firefighters (dressed in blue T-shirts) positioned themselves in the lake to provide emergency aid if needed.