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Giving it a tri

For energetic youngsters torn between what activity to choose for a camp this summer, why just pick one?

In its third year at the Ecker Hill Aquatic Center, Tri Kids 123 is introducing a host of young athletes to the fast-growing and storied sport of triathlon.

Although serious discipline and hard work are central to any competitive triathlete’s regimen, the sport can also offer a fun alternative for active youngsters looking to keep themselves busy. These weeklong, 2 1/2-hour-per-day camps provide children with multisport training before holding shortened kids’ triathlons on Saturdays that are open for the whole community to enter and watch.

The first two of three camps this year attracted about 22 kids each, according to organizer Kari Davis. She estimates that about 70 to 80 percent of children participating have parents who compete in triathlons, but the kids get a taste of something different with Tri Kids 123. Coordination drills and multisport training are worked in to keep them interested and on their toes.

"Park City as a whole is a really athletic community," Davis said. "There’s a lot of triathletes up here. This community as a whole looks at fitness as a lifestyle." She said the kids she works with at similar camps in Southern California are generally more adept in water, but nobody holds a candle to the Park City youth on the bike.

Former No. 1-ranked professional road triathlete Marcel Vifian now trains athletes in Park City, and Xterra series pro in Emma Garrard also resides in town.

The July Tri Kids camp is already in session, but registration is still available for the July 11 triathlon at $40. Cost is $120 to sign up for the third-and-final August camp (Aug. 9-13), with the Aug. 14 triathlon costing $30 at a pre-registration price until July 27.

Children should bring a suit, goggles, a towel, bike, a helmet, proper running shoes and a filled water bottle to the camp. Contact Davis for more information at 818-665-8954 or kari@tri-kids123.com.


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