After having to postpone due to a heatwave, Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon will be back in town this weekend with a special addition – Kids Day!
ethos, the mass participation event organization that presents the 14th Annual Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon, has announced plans for Kids Day at the 2022 Boston Triathlon. The annual event returns to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Carson Beach in South Boston on Saturday, August 20, 2022. Registration is now open at www.BostonTri.com.
Kids Day will feature the USA Triathlon-sanctioned Kids Splash & Dash for athletes ages 7-15 as well as a Kids Fun Run for athletes under the age of seven. Youth groups from across the state are invited to participate, as well as individual children.
“We are so excited to welcome kids of all ages again this year, and give them the opportunity to see what it’s like to be a multisport athlete in a safe, fun setting,” said Michael O’Neil, president of the Boston Triathlon. “Kids Day at the Boston Triathlon will be a fun event for children from all around the region, and we hope that it will inspire them to develop a love for multisport competition.”
Free for all Kids, thanks to Amazon
In April, the Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon named Amazon the Official Community Partner of Kids Day. Boston Triathlon is partnering with Amazon to make registration for Kids Day free to all participants.
“Amazon is thrilled to be a part of the amazing experience that Boston Triathlon has created for kids in Greater Boston. It’s so important to inspire the kids in our community to seek out fun, healthy activities,” said Jerome Smith, Head of Community Affairs for the New England Region at Amazon. “We are delighted to help make the Boston Triathlon Kids Day accessible to all, and hope it will inspire Boston area youth to reach new heights.”
Splash & Dash
The annual Splash & Dash event introduces young athletes ages 7-15 to the sport of triathlon. Athletes will be placed in one of four age groups: ages 7-8, ages 9-10, ages 11-12, and ages 13-15. The 7-8 and 9-10 age groups will swim 100 yards and run an untimed 1K. The 11-12 age group will swim 200 yards and run an untimed 2K. The 13-15 age group will swim 200 yards and run a timed 2K.
Swimming will take place at Carson Beach near the McCormack Bathhouse and will be in shallow water. The run will take place on the Harborwalk and the DCR Mother’s Rest Field.
“We are so grateful to our partners at Amazon and USA Triathlon for helping to make this event free for all kids for the first time,” O’Neil added. “It is essential that we work with our amazing partners to create equal access opportunities for kids who live in Greater Boston.”
Youth Enrichment (YES) Partnership
The Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon is also partnering with Youth Enrichment Services (YES) for the Kids Day event. YES is a nonprofit organization based in Boston that provides local youth with year-round outdoor enrichment and leadership programs, including track & field, cross country running and skiing, snowboarding, and downhill skiing.
“YES is excited to again have the opportunity to introduce Greater Boston kids to competitive running and swimming activities,” said Bryan Van Dorpe, Executive Director for YES. “Part of our mission is to provide Boston youth with enriching activities that they might not otherwise have the chance to experience, and we are proud to be able to bring this event to our kids in an easily accessible neighborhood venue.”
For Adult Athletes Too
On August 21st, the Boston Triathlon will feature two main races: The Olympic Race begins at 6:45 am and is a 1.5K swim, 35K bike, and 10K run. The Sprint Race starts at 9:15 a.m. and features a 750m swim, 17.5K bike, and 5K run.
What if you love to run, but hate to bike and swim? Grab two friends and sign up as a Relay Team! Or encourage your friends, family or colleagues to join the fun by signing up for the Annual Team Challenge, a great way to experience the Sprint race from start to finish while participating in some friendly competition. You can learn more here!
The Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon brings together athletes of all ages and abilities to compete in Olympic and sprint distance triathlons. All events take place right here in the neighborhood at Carson Beach!
Additional information is available at BostonTri.com.
If swimming, biking and running is not your thing, come out and show your support by cheering for the athletes competing! Athletes love that! To register or to learn more – visit here! Make sure to follow Boston Triathlon on Instagram too for the latest news and information!
For the complete Athlete Guide to the Boston Triathlon, visit here!
Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.
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