June 22, 2019

It will be a fun day on Sunday, June 30, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City’s (The J) annual Youth Triathlon.

The J’s Youth Triathlon is for kids from age four to 17 and allows youth to compete in a fun setting complete with food, music and a medal for every participant. The Triathlon will take place at the Jewish Community Campus, 5801 W. 115th St., in Overland Park, Kansas, and the grounds of Sprint, which adjoins the campus. The race is approved by/certified by the US Triathlon Association. Competition begins at 7:30 a.m.

“This event is a great way for kids of all fitness levels to set a goal and accomplish it for the summer,” said Erika Aanestad, The J’s assistant director of fitness and sports. “It’s a confidence builder for the kids and very inspiring for the spectators.”

The triathlon includes swimming, a bicycle/tricycle ride and a run. The event is broken down into five different categories based upon age of the participant, with a sixth category for teams. The J and the Youth Triathlon are committed to accessibility and inclusion. Please let us know in advance if you have accommodation needs. (NOTE: Per USA Triathlon Rules, the race age for an athlete is his/her age on Dec. 31 of the year of the event). The race categories and distances are:

• TRI FOR TOTS* (4 – 5 year olds): Swim 25 yards in the JCC’s zero-entry pool, bike/trike .75 miles, run .25 mile. This is a non-competitive event with relaxed rules. (*floats, water wings, tricycles, training wheels and parents on the course will be allowed)
• SHORT COURSE (6 – 8 year olds): Swim 50 yards, bike 1.5 miles, run .6 mile
• INTERMEDIATE (9-10 year olds): Swim 100 yards, bike 3 miles, run 1 mile
• LONG COURSE (11 – 14 year olds): Swim 200 meters, bike 6 miles, run 2 miles
• ELITE COURSE (15 – 17 year olds): Swim 300 meters, bike 6 miles, run 2 miles
•TEAM: 2 or 3 member team, ages totaling: 24 years and under – intermediate course. 25 years and older – long course

Participation fees are $25 for Tri for Tots; $35 per individual/$90 per team.

All participants and their parents can attend a pre-race orientation session at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, in the Social Hall of the Jewish Community Campus. Participants will receive a participant packet, event T-shirt, course information, and tips on various aspects of the event. If they have participated in The J’s Youth Tri in past years, participants and parents should attend a packet pick up at Athleta in Town Center on Wednesday, June 26, between 4:30-6:30 p.m.

To register for the youth triathlon, please visit thejkc.org/youthtri. For more information on the youth triathlon, please contact Erika Aanestad at (913) 327-4693.

Established more than 100 years ago, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City – The J – provides a warm welcome to families of all backgrounds. The J’s all-in-one hub for health, learning and well-being elevates the lives of the community and its members with programs of excellence in fitness, sports, theatre, arts + culture, senior adult programming and youth services including summer camps and child development. Everyone can “live up” at The J, located in Overland Park, Kansas, and at thejkc.org.