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Welcome to KidZone

Triathlon is a great way to stay active and have fun. In the USA Triathlon KidZone you can learn tips for your swim, bike and run, discover the best way to set up your transition area and find ideas for healthy snacks. Miles will take you on his multisport adventures, and you can even play games and submit your own race photos. We love multisport, and we know you do too!

Rudy Project Helmet Contest
2013 helmet winner

Click here to view the gallery of helmet designs.

Download the template to design your own helmet.

Show us your creative side!

Send your triathlon stories, poems or drawings to us at communications@usatriathlon.org with USAT Kids as the subject, and you may see it in an upcoming issue of USA Triathlon Kids.

The Big Question

Why do you like participating in multisport events?

Answer the big question! Send your responses in 40 words or fewer to communications@usatriathlon.org with Youth Big Question as the subject.

Poll

What's the easiest part of a triathlon for you?

Guess Who?

In the winter 2014 issue of USA Triathlon Kids, we asked four elite athletes to us what their goals were as kids and how they train today. The also shared fun facts like their favorite foods and hobbies!

We asked YOU to guess who was featured in the kid photos. Find the answers below. How many did you get right?

1) Matt Chrabot
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2) Sarah Groff
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3) Alicia Kaye
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Miles' Tips

Miles' Tips

  • Hey kids: When you practice swim, bike and run, don't forget to practice transitions, too! They can help improve your time in your next race.

  • Drafting is not allowed at most triathlons, so you'll need to keep three bike lengths between you and the person in front of you. If you need to pass someone, you have to pass them in 15 seconds.

  • Try a brick workout this year! You can either swim and bike, or bike and run. These workouts help you practice transitions, too.

USA Triathlon Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series

A Splash & Dash, also known as an aquathlon, is a fun and fast-growing sport that combines running and swimming. The USA Triathlon Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series is open to athletes ages 7-15 and features a swim/run combination.


Splash & Dash Educational Flyers (PDF)

Tri Basics
Aquathlon Basics              
KidZone Information

Click here to learn more about USA Triathlon’s Splash & Dash Aquathlon Series.

Celebrating 40 Years of Triathlon

The sport of triathlon turned 40 years old on Sept. 25, 2014. Many things have changed since the first race in 1974 — and there are more opportunities available for youth athletes than ever before. Stay tuned for the fall 2014 issue of USA Triathlon Kids for fun facts from the first 40 years of the sport.

Elite Spotlight

The sport was still young when these elite athletes did their first triathlons. Here are some of the main changes they’ve noticed over the years.

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Professional triathlete Sara McLarty (left) and her brother Dustin participated in the IronKids Series in the early '90s.
“I’m excited to see it’s a little more competitive. We’re even getting 12- to 13-year-olds into drafting races and starting to develop them along the path to the Olympics at a young age. We definitely didn’t have that 20 years ago. … The atmosphere was laid back because triathlon was so new. It wasn’t so much about competition as being outside, being active and being healthy.” – Sara McLarty (First Triathlon: 1990, Age 7)

“My first triathlon was a 100-yard swim, 5-kilometer bike and 1-kilometer run. I finished first place and I think there were only two other kids in my age group, so I was the best of three. I just went on from there. My next big race was IronKids in Tampa Bay, Florida, at Busch Gardens. We swam in the wave pool, biked and ran with the animals through the complex and it was the coolest thing. And that’s how it all started. … But we didn’t have the same opportunities. Not the same high level of coaching, the camps they’re putting together, the Collegiate Recruitment Program. And the popularity wasn’t there. It’s exciting to see the sport grow on the youth level.” – Hunter Kemper (First Triathlon: 1986, Age: 10)

“I participated because my dad and brothers were involved and I just wanted to hang out with them and be active. We rode with road bikes. … Now these little kids have hooks on the back of their seats, aero helmets, top-of-the-line bikes. They have long-term goals. It’s a lot more invested into the sport than it used to be. It’s good to see the focus and passion for the sport.” – Laura Bennett (First Triathlon: 1985, Age 10)

USA Triathlon Kids Games

Every issue of USA Triathlon Kids has fun games for you — from word searches to "What's Different?" Find the answers to all the games here.

Answer Keys
Fall 2014 — click here for the answers
Summer 2014 — click here for the answers
Spring 2014 — click here for the answers
Winter 2014 — click here for the answers
Fall 2013 — click here for the answers
Summer 2013 — click here for the answers
Spring 2013 — click here for the answers
Winter 2013 — click here for the answers
Fall 2012 — click here for the answers 
Summer 2012 — click here for the answers
Winter 2012 — click here for the answers

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