The First annual GEMS Kids Triathlon will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2019. The event format will be pool swim, on-campus bike course, and on-campus run course. There will be four age groups from 6 to 14 years old. We will have participation awards, T-shirts, goody bags, and age-group awards.
This is an opportunity for your young athlete to participate in an enjoyable life-experience through athletics. It is not structured as a highly competitive event. Rather, we want it to encourage self-confidence, good health, and community spirit through participation.
As an event that is sanctioned by USATriathlon, we are required to follow their rules. One of these rules governs age. This means our event is open to kids ages 6 to 14. However, it is not quite that simple. USAT does not go by the age of the athlete on race day. Instead, your triathlon age is your age as of 12/31 of the current year.
For our 2019 event, this means that all kids will race at their age as of 12/31/19. For example, if your child was born during October 2009, they will be 10 on race day, however, they will actually be an 10 year-old triathlete for all of 2019.
This is not really that big of a deal once you understand it. However, it does impact a few different groups of kids.
First, all kids born in 2013 are eligible to participate (assuming they can swim 25 yards safely; bike without training wheels; and run). For example, we will have many kids who are actually 5 on race day. However, they are 6 year-old triathletes because they will turn 6 before the end of the year.
Second, kids born in 2004 are not eligible to participate. There will be some kids who are 14 on race day, but they will turn 15 before the end of 2019.