Greenwood Village, CO; August 1, 2014 – Now more than ever, kids are following in their parents footsteps and participating in the increasingly popular sport of triathlon. On September 21, 2014 the city of Greenwood Village and Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club are hosting the seventh annual Tri-Our-Village Kids Triathlon for ages 6-16. The triathlon will feature four different difficulty levels adjusted accordingly to each age group. Participants will run, bike, and swim their way through the course surrounding GATC and Westland’s Park in Greenwood Village.
According to Crystal Garland, Aquatics Coordinator at Greenwood, “The 7th Annual Tri-Our-Village Kids Triathlon introduces kids to the fun of swimming, biking and running while also helping kids discover the benefits of healthy activities. On average we have 200 participants and we are looking forward to a similar turn out for this year’s event”
The latest numbers from USA Triathlon show that the amount of total youth members increased to 57,846 in 2013 from 51,585 in 2012, a jump of 12.1 percent. Since 2007 youth membership has grown 34 percent making triathlon one of the fastest growing sports in the nation. In addition to getting kids active through the rapidly growing sport, Tri-Our-Village Kids Triathlon provides plenty of fun for families and sense of accomplishment to the competitors that complete the course.
Cathy Pate, Greenwood Village Recreation Manager said, “I have the best job of all, announcing the names of the participants at the finish line and watching mom and dad embrace their accomplishments, such a joy!”
Julie Plumleigh, a participant from last year said, “It is great to exercise and try new things. I love the competition. My sister and I have done it for 5 of the 6 years and we will do it every year until we age out!” Her brother, John, a fellow participant added, “I was 6 and in kindergarten at the first annual Tri. I will always remember competing. It is the best!”
For kids that are interested, Greenwood is offering a Kids Triathlon Training Camp to prepare for the main event. It will take place on September 15, 16 and 17 from 6:00-7:30pm. In these training sessions kids will practice swimming, biking, running, transitions, and learn race course safety. For more information contact Crystal 303.770.2582 x325 or CrystalG@GreenwoodATC.com.
ABOUT GREENWOOD ATHLETIC AND TENNIS CLUB
Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club is South Denver’s premier full-service health club, located in the heart of the Denver Tech Center in Greenwood Village. Boasting 142,000 total square feet, Greenwood features over 125 complimentary classes per week, including hot yoga, Pilates mat, Spinning®, EnergyZone® , Kickboxing, Les Mills’ BODYPUMP™ and BODYATTACK™ and others, a complete Pilates studio, a 9,600 square foot state-of-the-art weight room and two cardiovascular areas featuring integrated TVs and iPod adapters. Greenwood features a 32,000 square foot outdoor aquatics area with the only heated 25-meter, six lane, outdoor-lap pool in the Denver area. The 55,000 square foot tennis club is the USTA-recognized Tennis Facility of the Year with seven indoor clay courts and five outdoor hard courts. Greenwood has recently been recognized by Fitness Magazine, as one of “America’s Best Gyms, for the competitive set. Members can expect an immaculate club, personalized service and attention to detail. Visit www.GreenwoodATC.com.