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12th annual kids triathlon biggest yet


WINDSOR - 150 children participated in the 12th Annual Kids’ Triathlon in Windsor, selling out of spots before the event even began.

Race director Kevin Walsh said he was thrilled with the number of people who came out.

“We’ve been doing it long enough now that it’s got a pretty good reputation,” Walsh said. “We’ve been able to keep the costs down and the participants get lots of goodies, a t-shirt, a medal, thanks to our sponsors, who help a lot.”

Walsh said getting children participating in events like this early helps to instil a love of being active early on.

“It seems like sport events like this are becoming more and more popular, which is nice to see,” he said.

Participants ranged in age from 2-years-old to 16-years-old.

Walsh said event organizers may look into ways of expanding the race to allow more participants in the future.

“We’ll see how well we’ve handled the 150, which is already unexplored territory for us,” he said. “I’d love to see it open to more and more kids and maybe even starting an adult one down the road.”

Ewan Shaw, 3, said he was happy with her first triathlon experience.

“We got to go in the pool and then we got to give people high fives,” Shaw said. “Then we ran. I liked the biking and running.”

Shaw said he plans to come back next year.

Jennifer Hartley entered her daughter, Julia, in the race.

“Julia has really been looking forward to this for a long time, she’s been working hard and it’s a really big day for her,” she said.

“It’s so great that Windsor is hosting an activity that has so much to offer for such a wide range of kids,” she said. “To give them something fun, but also something to work hard towards, it’s super important. It was a great opportunity for us to practice towards a goal.”

Following the race, activities including sack races and parachute games were held at Victoria Park.

Race director Kevin Walsh said he was thrilled with the number of people who came out.

“We’ve been doing it long enough now that it’s got a pretty good reputation,” Walsh said. “We’ve been able to keep the costs down and the participants get lots of goodies, a t-shirt, a medal, thanks to our sponsors, who help a lot.”

Walsh said getting children participating in events like this early helps to instil a love of being active early on.

“It seems like sport events like this are becoming more and more popular, which is nice to see,” he said.

Participants ranged in age from 2-years-old to 16-years-old.

Walsh said event organizers may look into ways of expanding the race to allow more participants in the future.

“We’ll see how well we’ve handled the 150, which is already unexplored territory for us,” he said. “I’d love to see it open to more and more kids and maybe even starting an adult one down the road.”

Ewan Shaw, 3, said he was happy with her first triathlon experience.

“We got to go in the pool and then we got to give people high fives,” Shaw said. “Then we ran. I liked the biking and running.”

Shaw said he plans to come back next year.

Jennifer Hartley entered her daughter, Julia, in the race.

“Julia has really been looking forward to this for a long time, she’s been working hard and it’s a really big day for her,” she said.

“It’s so great that Windsor is hosting an activity that has so much to offer for such a wide range of kids,” she said. “To give them something fun, but also something to work hard towards, it’s super important. It was a great opportunity for us to practice towards a goal.”

Following the race, activities including sack races and parachute games were held at Victoria Park.

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