It was first time Teddy participated in triathlon in the youngest group for children from 3 to 5 years old. It was rainy Sunday morning and almost empty streets on our way to Milton. We had to be at the spot before 8 am to set up Teddy’s bike, trainers and other necessary items in the transition zone. When we arrived, lots of parents and kids were already there, excited to participate in triathlon races. Everyone’s cheerful mood was not affected by rain and cool wind. After registration we moved to first stage of our race – swimming. Since Teddy was in the youngest group, I had to be with him during his swim which was 12.5m. Teddy loves swimming and this part was his favorite. He eagerly moved forward working with his hands and legs, feeling very proud when he reached another edge of the pool.
Next we had to go fast to the transition zone for a bike, trainers and a helmet in order to continue the second part of the race – biking. That time Teddy realized that he had to do everything faster than usual. Kids were taking bikes and moving on, Teddy did the same thing: put on his trainers, Tri-FUN T-shirt and helmet. It was 500 m in length to ride it through on a bike, in our case it was a tri-cycle. A line of supporters were standing along the road to cheer and encourage young athletes. The last stage in Tri-FUN triathlon was a 100 m. run. Teddy was running so fast that we hardly can follow him. And finally he reached the finish line, it was announced he successfully finished the TriFun Triathlon Race. Teddy was so proud to receive a Tri-FUN medal as a real athlete. After the race our young athlete was treated with water, granola bars and GoGo squeeZ Apple snacks supplied by Longo's and Materne Canada.
Then we headed to celebrate Teddy’s triathlon achievement at Fun Zone where lots of family-friendly activities waited for us. Inspired by FIFA World Cup Teddy practiced some soccer hits at BAND-AID® Brand tent and with Milton Youth Soccer Club. That day was final FIFA game so we could not avoid adding some face painting dedicated German and Argentina soccer teams. After that Teddy was busy with LEGO® creations. He also was curious to see what is inside a real police car thanks to Halton Regional Police and even sat in driver’s seat.
At the end we want say thank you to the organizers, sponsors, volunteers and everyone who made TriFun Triathlon Race in Milton a huge success, the event filled with fun and dedicated to sport, kids and active lifestyle. Teddy learned a lot from this event, different activities made him stronger, faster and more confident. Summer is on its peak and more Tri-FUN event series are coming to Mississauga on July 27 and Oakville on August 24. Do not miss an opportunity to get active, learn about triathlon and have fun!
For more information, visit TriFUNkids.com.