Annual youth triathlon encourages young athletes to try

Castle Rock Colorado News and InformationThe motto is simple – all you have to do is try. Calling all athletes in the making – pull on swimsuits, dust off your bikes and lace up your sneakers. It’s time for the Town’s Tri the Rock youth triathlon.


This year’s event is Sunday, May 21, at Butterfield Crossing Park and Pool, 3952 W. Butterfield Crossing Drive.


Young athletes ages 5 to 14 are invited to “tri” the course. The race distances are:


  • 5 to 6 year olds: 25-meter swim (one pool length), 1-kilometer bike ride (one lap around Butterfield Park) and a 500-meter run
  • 7 to 8 and 9 to 10 year olds: 50-meter swim (two pool lengths, down and back), 4-kilometer bike ride and a 1-kilometer run
  • 11 to 12 and 13 to 14 year olds: 100-meter swim (four pool lengths, down and back twice), 8-kilometer bike ride and a 2-kilometer run


The race is a benefit for youth health and fitness programs. Event fees are $45 through Friday, May 5 and $50 through Friday, May 19. The registration deadline is May 19. Additionally, a portion of each entry fee will be donated to the participant’s school physical education program. Plus, the winning school will get to display the traveling Tri the Rock Trophy for an entire year.


The registration fee includes a T-shirt, goody bag and lunch. Please remember participants compete based on their age as of race day. Children will be entered into the appropriate age division.


Bike racks open at 6:30 a.m. The race begins at 8 a.m. However, check-in for the 5 to 6 year old age group does not begin until 10:30 a.m., since the group doesn’t start until the other races have finished. Pre-race check-in is available from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Castle Rock Recreation Center, 2301 Woodlands Blvd.


Is your child excited to give the event a try for the first time? Make sure they’re prepared with a new first timer clinic. Hosted by Rock Tri Club, the clinic is designed to ease the anxiety for kids and their parents. Three 60-minute sessions will be offered at 8:30, 9 and 9: 30 a.m., Saturday, May 6. To ensure individualized attention, clinic space is limited. Registration is required.


For more information on the event, first timer clinic or registration head to CRgov.com/TriTheRock.


Questions? Contact Raina Bridgman, 303-660-1036 or [email protected]


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