Westchester Kids Triathlon
Is this your child’s first triathlon or are they a veteran? Is it your first time bringing your child to a triathlon? If so, here’s a few tips to make the day run smoothly for you and your child.
First, a youth triathlon is about FUN!!! It is fun for the entire family and it should be a great experience for your child. It can launch them on a lifelong love of the sport. Every child is a natural when it comes to having fun and they all like to run naturally. Most kids love to bike and most will take to swimming like a fish if given the chance. So your job as a parent is to let go of all those pre-conceived notions about competition and let your child have some fun and success at sport. Please take a minute to read the Athlete Information Guide we have created for you.
We always start with the swim, then the bike, followed by the run to the finish line regardless of the age of the child. In between each of these events is a segment called “transition”. Here’s some information that will help you navigate each of these sections.
Plan to arrive at least 60-90 minutes before your child’s swim wave start!
Arrival and Setting up Transition
This is where your child will set up their bike and running gear to be ready when they get out of the water. Set up the bikes with the race numbers and helmet numbers that you receive in their packet. Instructions are included in that package for how to attach their numbers. Kids will also be body marked with their race numbers and body markers will be around transition with markers.
NO PARENTS will be allows into transition with each child. You may ask us for an exception to this for a special needs child competing or if you feel you have an extenuating circumstance. Please contact the Race Directors to make arrangements.
All children will be asked to be on beach 15 minutes before their wave. They will be escorted to the beach by volunteers and lined up in a staging area for their wave start. About 5 minutes before their wave start there will be warm ups and get ready to get in the water. Volunteers will direct them to the in water start and the race begins.
Transition #1 – Swim to Bike
When your child exits the water they will be guided off the beach and out the gate to Transition by the volunteers. They will not be changing their clothes when they exit from the water – they will be going directly to their bikes. It’s a good idea to have a dry t-shirt ready at the bike (and a pair of shorts to pull on over their swim suits if they want). Shoes, socks, and helmets should be all ready to put on. When they are all dressed they grab their bikes and head to the bike exit area.
Helmets must be worn on the bike course at all times! No exceptions. Your child will be directed around the course for their age group. At the end of their bike ride they will return to Transition.
Transition #2 – Bike to Run
This is where the bikes get parked and the helmets come off. Most kids already have their shoes on from the bike ride, but if they need to change shoes they would do that when their bikes are parked. After parking and getting ready to run they will follow the volunteer directions to head off on their run segment.
Run to Finish
This is the last leg and the most fun for most kids. They will complete their run on the 1 mile course and run to the finish line where they receive their finisher’s medal. There will be food and drink waiting for them at the finish line, as well as a podium for photo opportunities.
We are all here to make sure your children have a safe and fun day! Good luck to all athletes, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. See you Saturday.
Your Race Directors,
Jason and Molly
Directions to Rye Playland
How to Register
Check back for details on registering for the 2017 event!
All races that are Part of the Westchester Triathlon have a no refund policy. If you have any concern about not being able to make it on race day, please consider buying race insurance for $7.00. Race insurance is provided during the registration process.
Kids swim in shallow water, no deeper than their shoulders. Kids can walk if needed. For extra safety in the water, the swim will be lined with lifeguards and adults.
The bike course will be longer this year with fewer laps. The entire bike course is on private Playland property with no public traffic.
The run is entirely within the Playland Park area. There is no hard pavement to run on and no vehicle traffic.
Schedule of Events
PARKING RACE MORNING
There is no parking at Playland
SWIM WAVE START TIMES : TBD
Transition opens at 6:15 AM and closes at 7:30 AM SHARP for the Kids Race. Plan to arrive at least 60-90 minutes before your child’s swim wave start!
Transition is open to Super Sprint athletes at 8:30 AM and closes at 9:30 AM Sharp!
Our race is located at Rye Playland and Rye Town Park. Please park at Rye Town Park. Located at 95 Dearborn Avenue (off Forest Avenue).
At the end of Playland Parkway turn right onto Forest Ave. Follow the park and make your first left onto Dearborn Ave.
Directions to Rye Playland
Free Clinic for Race Participants
Zoot Westchester Triathlon will be holding a free clinic for those participating in the youth races and Super Sprint Triathlon. This clinic will cover various race day topics including what to bring, how to set up your transition area and review of rules and safety items. We will be doing a practice swim and run on the course.
We will go over topics including:
- Check list of items you will need for the race.
- How to set up your transition area.
- Review of the bike course.
- Practice swim and instruction (please bring proper swim attire, goggles, swim cap if you have one and a towel)
- Group run (Bring run gear)
- General tips on how to make race day a success!
Please park in the Oakland Beach parking lot and walk down to Lifeguard stand on the park side, about 100 yards down from Seaside Johnnies in Rye Park (directions to Seaside Johnnies/Oakland Beach parking lot). Bikes will NOT be necessary for the clinic.
Kid’s Race Clinic 11:00am – 12:00pm
Parents/Guardian/Supporter Session 12:00 – 12:30