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:
- skate boards (standing or sitting)
- 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
- 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.