DIY Triathlon for the whole family

By ParentsCanada on June 01, 2015

It’s PanAm mania this summer, the perfect time to get your family active and moving. Gather your friends and neighbours for a wet, wacky and wild triathlon event! A triathlon consists of three parts: swimming, cycling and running. Modify your race with these ideas.

 

1. Get Wet: Don't have access to a pool or a lake? Never mind! Instead try:

  • water balloon race
  • slip ‘n’ slide
  • sprinkler run
  • hopping through kiddie pool(s)

Tip: Add a sunscreen reapplication station after the water portion of your race.

2. Start Rolling: You don't have to be confident on two wheels to compete. Set up a race using:

  • scooters
  • skate boards (standing or sitting)
  • tricycles
  • roller blades
  • wagon pulls

Tip: Add a competitor number to each helmet to amp up the race.

3. Hit the Road: Make the distance age appropriate, and consider adding obstacles for fun:

  • playground equipment
  • hopscotch
  • running and skipping
  • wheel barrow race
  • three-legged race

Tip: As racers cross the finish line, have lots of water on hand for hydrating!

Want to let your kids try a real triathlon? There are plenty happening across Canada this summer. Most distances are organized according to age and can be appropriate for kids as young as three. Kids get a race bib and experience the exhilaration of running across a finish line. They're a fun way to get your family active and outdoors together.

 

Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, June 2015.


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