Families preparing for another youth triathlon

The time has come to start training for the fourth annual Ponoka Triathlon coming up June 15, which starts with swimming at the Aquaplex.

Triathlon route

Triathlon route

The time has come to start training for the fourth annual Ponoka Triathlon coming up June 15, which starts with swimming at the Aquaplex.

Organized by Ponoka Tri-Services, the Ponoka Rotary Club and with help from the Town of Ponoka, the event brings kids of all ages and now adults, to a fun competition that promotes health through exercise.

Entry is free for kids and $20 for adult teams. Adults who want a chance to compete are also welcome to register. There is a fee for individual adults.

The race starts with swimming at the Aquaplex then contestants will grab their bikes and race on a predetermined course through town and Highway 53, then towards the trails by Scout Hall. Upon their return, competitors will run the last leg of the race.

The first hundred registrants will receive a free Ponoka Triathlon t-shirt and random prizes will be awarded to youths. A Father’s Day barbecue will follow the event for athletes and their families.

Check in time starts at 10 a.m. with the race starting at 11 a.m.

Here are the youth categories:

• Ages

six to seven years. Swim 50m/Bike 1km/Run 500m.

• Ages eight to nine years. Swim 100m/Bike 3km/Run 1km.

• Ages 10 to 11. Swim 100m/Bike 3km/Run 2km.

• Ages 12 to 13. Swim 150m/Bike 4km/Run 2km

• 14 to 15. Swim 200m/Bike 4km/Run 3km

• 16 to 18. Swim 200m/Bike 6km/Run 4km

 

For more information or to volunteer and support the event email: ponokatriathlon@hotmail.com.