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Sunday, June 25, 2017

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The Youth Triathlon at The J provides a fun and healthy opportunity to help children stay active this summer. By combining swimming, biking and running in one sport, participants benefit from well-rounded fitness workouts, enhancing their endurance and strength, and having a lot of fun!

The event is a fun way for children with wide ranges of experience, from novice to serious athlete, to participate individually or as part of a 2-3 person team. You won't want to miss food, music, fun and an award for every participant! The Youth Triathlon at the J is open to youth 4-17 years of age (NOTE: Per USA Triathlon Rules, the race age for an athlete is his/her age on Dec 31 of the year of the event).


4-5 Year olds 6-8 year olds 9-10 year olds 11-14 year olds 15-17 year olds
swim/walk 25 yds swim 50 yds swim 100 yds swim 200 meters swim 300 meters
bike .75 miles bike 1.5 miles bike 3 miles bike 6 miles bike 6 miles
run .25 miles run .6 miles run 1 mile run 2 miles run 2 miles
Rules & Regulation
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Rules & Regulation
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Rules & Regulation
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Rules & Regulation
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Rules & Regulation
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Packet Pickup and Race Orientation

Participants and parents are REQUIRED to attend a pre-race orientation session. The Pre Race Orientation will be held at the Jewish Community Center on: Thursday, June 22nd in the Social Hall at 7:00 p.m. Participants will receive a participant packet, event T-shirt, course information, and tips on various aspects of the event. 

WIN A Bicycle!

All participants are automatically entered in a drawing for a free bicycle courtesy of Bike America, in Lee's Summit, Overland Park, and Olathe. Go to Bike America for all your triathlon gear.

New Distances for 6-8 year olds

We heard you! Distances have been devised to include a Short Course for 6-8 year olds.  Other distances include an Intermediate Course for 9-10 year olds, a Long Course for those ages 11-14 and the Elite Course for 15-17 year olds. More information about specific course lengths can be found in the rules packet.

Tri For Tots

After its great success last year, we will again welcome kids 4 and 5 to our Tri for Tots™ Triathlon Division. Now everyone can get into the action with a 25 yard kiddie pool swim, a .75 mile bike, and .25 run. This will be a non-competitive event with relaxed rules. Floats, water wings, tricycles, training wheels, and parents on the course for this portion of the event are all legal! Click here for the rules packet for this division

Register the Entire Family & Save!

Families who enter three or more siblings in the Individual Division receive a 50% entry fee discount on the third, fourth or fifth child entered.

Special Needs & Inclusion

The J and the Youth Triathlon are committed to accessibility and inclusion. Please let us know in advance if you have accommodation needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the ages categories for the team triathlon?

Team members totaling 27 years old and under compete on the intermediate course. Team members totaling 28 and over compete on the long course.

Where is the triathlon located?

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, using the indoor pool for competitors 8 years old and under and the outdoor pool for competitors 9 - 17 years old. The parking lot will be closed to vehicular traffic. The J thanks Sprint for the use of their property, allowing us to stay off city streets.

What are the age divisions for awards?

Tri for Tots (ages 4 & 5)
Individual: 8 years old and under (short course); Ages 9-10 (short course);  Ages 11-14 (long course); Teen Elites (ages 15-17)
Relay (team members ages totaled): 27 and under (short course); 28 and up (long course)
NOTE: Pursuant to USA Triathlon Rules the age of an athlete is his or her age on December 31 of the year of the event.

What safety measures are being taken?

Safety is a primary concern. ANSI or Snell approved bike helmets are required during the bicycle portion of the event. Radio/stereo headsets are not permitted. Parents must refrain from entering the transition area and the course while the event is in progress. Any parent assisting a child will result in disqualification. Parents are welcome to cheer from the sidelines. Due to hot and humid comditions that may exist during this time of the yar, drink plenty of water before and during the event.

USA Triathlon Information (Important)

This event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. All youth participants must be a member of USAT. One day race membership is $10 or $15 for a one year membership and must be purchased in advance of the race or at orientation. A major benefit for parents is that they will not be required to attend every race registration to sign their child's USAT waiver. With the ONE TIME payment, youth triathletes will be eligible to compete in ALL triathlons for the remainder of their annual membership. Visit USAtriathlon.com to purchase youth membership online.

Are there other triathlons that my child can compete in?

Double your fun, be part of the TRiKIDS Midwest Series. Participate in the both the Longview Jr. Triathlon and the JCC Youth Triathlon and earn points based on your finish time to be a TRiKIDS Midwest Series winner. group. The overall male and female will winner in the 10 and under, 11-41, and Teen Elite divisions will win a special trophy and the title of Best TRiKID in the Midwest. The TRiKIDS Points Series Awards will be announced after July 27.

Anything else I should know?

All participants will receive a race t-shirts, goodie bag and award. Stick around after the Triathlon for a Post-Race Party with food, music and fun! Tri it this Summer! Please note that there are NO refunds or transfers of entries.

Please contact Erika Aanestad at 913-327-4693 or [email protected] with any further questions.

Become a Sponsor

One of our largest annual fitness events, the Youth Triathlon is conducted in collaboration with TriKC and draws more than 2,000 youth and their families. All proceeds benefit The J's financial assistance program, which provides underprivileged youth access to our Youth Fitness Zone, to learn and experience the benefits of a fit lifestyle.

View our sponsorship levels >

To inquire about becoming a sponsor, please contact Erika Aanestad by e-mail or at (913) 327.4693.

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