Today was the Kids Who Tri Succeed Triathlon in Farmington, Connecticut. This was the first time that this race was held at Batterson Park. Our kids have done the sister race in Mansfield several times. Horst Engineering is a long time sponsor of the races. We love supporting these kids events and our kids love them too.
Both courses are good, but I think we prefer the Farmington course. We should be back in Mansfield in August. I’m glad they added a second race closer to Hartford. The registration numbers were lower than I expected, but it was the first year and I bet it builds momentum. The weather conditions were perfect and the temperature in Batterson Lake was fine.
We saw some of our friends from past races and there were a lot of “rookies” too. The volunteers did their best to organize what is a difficult event. With four age groups, four different courses, and multiple waves per age group; the logistics are a real challenge. Jerry Turk, Kerry Arsenault, and their team from Rat Race Timing had the unenviable responsibility of doing the results. They timed the Soapstone Mountain Trail Race last month and it was a lot easier.
These races are a sports photographer’s dream. There were so many great smiles and so many great moments. I love seeing the interaction between parents and children. Triathlon has brought a lot of joy to our household. The exercise is pretty good too. In addition to our family business, there were many other great sponsors.
The post-race raffle was well attended and lots of kids/families walked away with prizes. I’ve noted in the past that the volunteers go out of their way to make the kids feel like pros for a day. Our daughter was in the 4-6 year old field. Our son is eight, but opted for the 9-11 year old field so that he could race the longer course. It took him a 22.5 minutes, which is a fantastic workout. Our daughter’s race was just over 12 minutes. On the surface, it may seem like an expensive and time-consuming proposition to race for so little time, but exposing kids to this type of activity is setting them up for a lifetime of athletic enjoyment.
We have a lot of experience with endurance events, but we saw families with no experience and they were having a blast. Try it.