Garnet Valley MiniTri

What is a MiniTri?
A MiniTri is a fun way to introduce kidz ages 3 to 12 to triathlon. MiniTri race courses are completely closed to vehicular traffic, so your kidz are not traversing residential neighborhoods or places where cars could potentially be on the same road as your racer.

If your kidz can SWIM, ride a BIKE, and RUN (or walk), bring them out to give it a TRI!

How it Works
MiniTri’s do not have set course distances by age group, rather when registering your child, you select the desired course distance by course color (see options below). We’ve shortened the swim, bike and run courses, and have added a Buddy Division for our younger racers. Are your kidz riding big wheels, balance bikes, 3-wheels, 4-wheels and use swim aids? No problem…they can race too!

Our focus is on participation rather than competition and MiniTri’s are not timed, however they are sanctioned by USA Triathlon, so all participants must be USA Triathlon Annual Youth Members.

Participant Race Age
Boys and girls who are between the ages of 3 to 12 on race day, can participate in this event.

Race Course Options
Each course is ability focused, so there’s something for everyone. During the registration process, you will be asked which course your kidz want to do; however, if they want to change their course selection on race day, no problem— just let us know race morning.

PURPLE (Buddy Group Ages 3 to 6)25 Yards.18 Mile.11 Mile
BLUE25 Yards.5 Mile.35 Mile
GREEN50 Yards1.46 Mile.59 Mile
ORANGE100 Yards2.33 Mile.59 Mile

Participant Requirements

  • Purple Buddy Course Requirements – Wingmen ages 13 or older, are REQUIRED to accompany their triathlete in the pool or walk on the pool deck alongside their racer during the swim, and walk/run alongside them on the bike and run courses. Wingmen may not ride a separate bike alongside their racer while on the bike and run courses.  Crossing the finish line together is optional – some kidz just might want to do that on their own! Sorry mom and dad…it does happen! Swim aids (Coast Guard approved puddle jumpers or swim vests), bigwheels, balance bikes and 3- or 4-wheel bikes are all permitted. Scooters are not permitted. NOTE: Racers must be fully potty trained to participate—no pull ups or water-specific pants allowed.
  • Blue, Green & Orange Course Requirements – Racers must be able to complete the entire course on their own.  Wingmen support on these courses is not permitted and parents may not ride a bike or run next to their racer at any time. Swim aids (Coast Guard approved puddle jumpers or swim vests), 4-wheel and 2-wheel bikes are permitted.  Balance bikes, big wheels, tricycles, and scooters are not permitted.
  • Parent Support – One parent is permitted to assist each racer setup their transition area race morning. If your racer requires support in transition during the event, please let us know race morning.  Remember, some kidz can do this all on their own and want to, so we want to be supportive and encourage them to be independent.

How Does My Racer Know Where to go on the Course?
All our race courses are color coded so racers can easily see where they should be at all times by following the course markings of their course color. When you you check in race morning, your racer will receive a colored race wristband that identifies which course they will complete. This also allows our Race Crew and Volunteers to ensure your racer completes the correct course.

FREE Transition Clinics for Registered Participants!
Racers will have the opportunity to attend a free transition clinic before race day. They’re great for first time racers who want to learn how to setup their transition area and learn how to transition from swim to bike and bike to run and become efficient on race day. We do not swim, but racers need to bring everything with them that they will use on race day to practice with.

Bike & Helmet Inspection
Safety is our first priority and to participate in this event, your child’s bike and helmet must pass a safety inspection prior to entering transition race morning. Our KidzTri3 Race Crew will check bikes to ensure brakes work and helmets fit properly. We encourage all families to have their racer’s equipment checked by a bike shop prior to race day, as our Crew does not fix bike problems on race day. Helmets should not have any cracks and must fit your child’s head correctly, as outlined by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. 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.

Athlete Guide
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 on race day. To sign up, click HERE. If you know any high school or college students that need volunteer hours, we’d love to have them and the kidz really like seeing them on the race course! This is a great way for them to have lots of fun, make a difference in the lives of these triathletes, and get their hours.


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