In its’ 12th year, this triathlon takes place on a completely closed course, which means there is no vehicular traffic anywhere around your children during the event. Nothing is more important than the safety of your child. Any time you have a bunch of kids together there is bound to be a scraped knee or elbow, but we have gone to great lengths to make our events as safe as possible. We’re all parents — we get it!
The Race Course
SWIM ~ Each athlete will enter the Simmons Elementary School pool one-by-one in a time trial start by age group, approximately every 5 seconds, and serpentine swim their specific course distance. You will be able to cheer on your athlete during the entire swim from the grand stands area.
BIKE ~ Athletes will exit the pool and run a brief distance to the transition area in the big parking lot next to the School. Transitioning to the bike course, athletes will bike through flat school campus roads, the Horsham Library parking lot and the Horsham Township Powerline Trail.
RUN ~ After athletes complete the bike course, they will enter the transition area, rack their bike, remove their bike helmet and proceed onto the run course. The run course weaves its way through the Hatboro-Horsham High School campus, back to the football stadium and around the track to the cheers of adoring fans and great music as you hear your child’s name announced as they cross the finish line!
Participant Race Age
Boys and girls ages 3 to 15 can participate in the School’s Out! Kids’ Triathlon. As a USA Triathlon sanctioned event, we must adhere to USA Triathlon’s Competitive Rules, including age group classifications. An Athlete’s race age is determined by their actual age on December 31, 2018. Birth certificates or passports will be required during packet pickup to ensure your child is in the correct age group. It’s a safety issue when older kids are racing in a younger age group because they want to start with their siblings/friends and vice versa. Please ensure you enter the correct birth year when registering your children. We want all participants to be safe when on the course and to accomplish this, they must participate in the correct age group.
The only exception to this is our Buddy Division for kidz ages 3 to 6, who need support throughout the course from a buddy 16 years or older. Buddy Division athletes are not timed during the event or eligible for awards, and their participate age is the age they are on race day.
In 2017, we introduced our popular Buddy Division for kidz ages 5-6 and it was super popular so we’re expanding the age group in 2018 to kidz ages 3 to 6! This Division is perfect for kidz that require support on the course and in transition, use swim aids, ride balance bikes, and 3- or 4-wheel bicycles. This Division provides your child with the ability to participate in the event with your assistance.
One Buddy, age 16 or older, must accompany their triathlete during the swim (in the pool if necessary), and walk/run alongside them on the bike and run courses. Crossing the finish line together is optional – some kidz just might want to do that on their own! The Buddy Division is not timed and is participatory only. Buddies do not have to register as a participant, but do have to check in during packet pickup to receive a special race wristband.
How Does My Racer Know Where to Go on the Race Course?
All our race courses are color coded by age group so triathletes can easily see where they should be at all times by following the course markings of their race color. When your child pickups up their race packet, they will receive a race wristband, swim cap (if swimming), bike frame and run bib numbers, in the color of their age group (see Participant Race Age above for more information on your child’s “race age”). This also allows our Race Crew and Volunteers to ensure your racer completes the correct course distance.
|School's Out! Kids' Triathlon||COURSE COLOR||SWIM||BIKE||RUN|
|3 to 6 Buddy Group(Not Timed)||PURPLE||25 Yards||.2 Mile||.1 Mile|
|5 to 6 Age Group||BLUE||25 Yards||.50 Mile||.3 Mile|
|7 to 8 Age Group||GREEN||50 Yards||2.3 Mile||.5 Mile|
|9 to 10 Age Group||ORANGE||100 Yards||2.3 Mile||.5 Mile|
|11 to 12 Age Group||YELLOW||125 Yards||2.8 Miles||.75 Mile|
|13 to 15 Age Group||PINK||150 Yards||2.8 Miles||1 Mile|
Bike & Helmet Inspection
Safety is our first priority and to participate in any KidzTri3 triathlon, your child’s bike and helmet must pass a safety inspection by one of our Bike Shop Partners, to ensure their equipment is road worthy, as outlined in USA Triathlon’s Competitive Youth Rules. Inspections are provided FREE by our Bike Shop Partners, and are required for your child to participate.
Once your child’s equipment passes the safety inspection, a special waterproof Race Sticker will be placed on BOTH the bike and helmet, which ensures access to Transition on race morning. NO Sticker, NO Race, NO Exceptions.
Bike Shops receive an event’s specific sticker three weeks prior to race weekend, so if you are a KidzTri3 family that races with us often, you will need to have your child’s equipment inspected for each event. This is because anything can happen between races while kidz are riding around playing and we want to ensure their equipment is not only safe for them, but safe for the triathletes who will be riding around them.
You can find our Bike Shop Partners HERE.
FREE Transition Clinics for Registered Participants!
In 2017, we offered free transition clinics for registered participants, leading up to race day. They’re great for first time triathletes or kidz who want to learn some new tricks and sharper those transition skills! They were super popular, so we’re bringing them back in 2018! This is an opportunity for your kidz to work with our KT3 Racing Crew and learn how to transition from swim to bike and bike to run and become speedy fast (aka “efficient”) on race day. We meet in the Simmons School parking lot where we teach tricks on setting up your racer’s transition area, mounting/dismounting, and other fun stuff. We do not swim, but racers need to bring everything with them that they will use on race day. Practice dates and a sign-up link will be sent to all registered participants when they register for the event.
Three weeks before race weekend, we will post the Event’s Athlete Guide. An email will be sent to all registered participants when the Guide is live and everything you and your racer needs to know about race weekend is in the Guide. Many questions we receive leading up to race weekend are found in the Guide so be sure to review it with your racer.
To ensure the safety of our athletes, we need Volunteers to help throughout race weekend. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up HERE. Do you know any high school or college students that need volunteer hours? This is a great way for them to have lots of fun and get their hours!