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We at HealthSPORT know the value of supporting young people’s active endeavors. Fit kids grow up to be healthy adults. And the kids who take part in the Humboldt Tri-Kids Triathlon certainly fit the bill!

Approximately 250 kids ages 7-18 will take part in the competition on June 4 in Arcata. (There’s also a half-mile fun run for ages 6 and younger.) They’re competing for medals and the chance to win one of two mountain bikes.

But they’re also training for much more. Such a challenging event builds self-esteem; as Humboldt Tri-Kids puts it on their website, “These children are ready to conquer the world! The kids go home with a medal, flowers, goodies, a T-shirt, a tired body and a boosted self-image.”

The triathlon also teaches responsibility, as the kids learn to manage themselves through the event transitions; enhances family time, as the children spend as many as 200 hours with their family and friends to prepare; and builds cardiovascular fitness, as the competitors run, swim and bike their way through training.

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HealthSPORT is proud to contribute to the cause by providing free pool time at the Arcata and Eureka locations for participants to practice their swimming. It’s a benefit that makes a world of difference for many families, says Humboldt Tri-Kids Triathlon pool coordinator Bill Spaeth.

Humboldt-Tri-Kids-Triathlon.jpg“Getting kids active and healthy is primary, and not every family has the financial means to have their athlete swim in a pool,” Spaeth says.

It also can kick off a lifelong love affair with fitness for the kids, the benefits of which are many.

“The kids improve their swimming ability, which means they are more comfortable in the water and safer,” says Spaeth, “not to mention swimming is great exercise. And lots of kids continue swimming after they age out of Tri-Kids. Some continue participating in triathlons, or they may focus on running or biking. Whatever they do, they are active and healthy. In spite of our knowledge of the benefits of exercise, American kids and adults alike have become less active and less healthy. We would like to change that. For kids, the Tri-Kids triathlon is a great start, and HealthSPORT allowing kids to swim train for free is fantastic.”

The partnership has lasted several years now, and the young athletes’ parents have expressed appreciation for the ongoing support of the HealthSPORT front desk and pool staff.

If you see some of the young triathletes in training here, be sure to offer a high five or a word of support. Mark June 4th on your calendar so you can attend the competition and cheer them on. If you know a young person, who would like to sign up, visit trikids.com.

And if you can spare the time, the nonprofit Humboldt Tri-Kids is always looking for help on race day—email Spaeth at bspaeth1@sbcglobal.net to join in helping the next generation of healthy adults enjoy their day in the sun!


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