Verrado’s inaugural Youth Triathlon

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Youth Tri Bike ClinicFor many reasons, Verrado has been deemed a highly active community, and now resident volunteers have collaborated to bring an opportunity for local youth to engage in healthy competition and test their skills at swimming, biking and running in Verrado’s inaugural Youth Triathlon.

Sarah Byers, Vitras swim coach and leader of the Youth Triathlon Club, led the effort in bringing this experience to fruition. In partnership with Ignite Yoga and Vitras Swim Club, the Youth Triathlon has joined the agenda of the 3rd Annual Art of Movement event on Saturday, November 15. The Youth Triathlon kicks off the day-long health and wellness event at 8:00 a.m. All event proceeds benefit the Athletic and Arts Departments at Verrado Middle School and Verrado Elementary School.

The Youth Triathlon Club was formed this past spring at which time club leaders, Jeffrey Gill and Jeff and Sarah Byers, hosted triathlon training camps for kids to get their “feet wet.” Coaching in all three sports, transitioning, and safety prepared club members for participating in a race. Not only did the youth enjoy the activities, but they left begging for more.

In late June the club held its’ first mini triathlon at which time it was decided Verrado was ready to take it to the next level and the organizing of the first community-wide youth triathlon began.

Youth, ages 4-14, come on over to The Center on Main™ lap pool and have your parent time you for the swim distance that corresponds with your age below:

25 Yard Swim Time for Ages 4-6 | 100 Yard Swim Time for Ages 7-10
150 Yard Swim Time for Ages 11-14

Then, Register Here for Youth Triathlon, $25 per participant which includes an event t-shirt and finisher’s medal when they come across the finish line.

Leg distances will vary depending on child’s age. More information available on registration site or for a full list of activities on November 15 check out the 3rd Annual Art of Movement Youth Triathlon & Festival.

A bike and run clinic will be held on Saturday, November 8, 8:00-9:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Park.

Interested volunteers please contact Sarah at coach@swimvitras.com .

Special “Thank You” to Title Sponsors – Vitras Swim Club, National Bank of Arizona, Jeffrey R. Gill Law Firm, Main Street Dental, Trek Bikes – West Phoenix, Suncoast Dental, Wespac Construction, Ignite Yoga

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