On your mark, get set, go! Train with the Y for the Houston Kids Triathlon.

The YMCA Kids Triathlon Training Clinic is a free introductory program designed to train youth in the fundamentals of triathlons, so they can participate in the Houston Kids Triathlon on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the University of Houston- Main Campus.

Wondering whether your child is ready to try a tri?  Here is an excerpt from a first-hand account of a Houston family’s experience during last year’s YMCA training program and Houston Kids Triathlon race:

Pamela's son finishes the swim and gets ready to transition into the bike ride.

Pamela’s son finishes the swim and gets ready to transition into the bike ride.

After weeks of training the big day is finally here. The YMCA did a great job helping the kids work on their triathlon training. We did our own training outside of the once a weekend gathering but when you ask my son, he will tell you it wasn’t enough. This is the 1st year of the Kids Triathlon at University of Houston central campus. The event was sold out! There were thousands of people there.  His coach from the YMCA had completed an Iron Man before so who better to coach the kids than someone with all that experience! We had difficulty locating his goggles this morning. Lucky for us there was a tent there that was selling them and they had an extra swim cap. It was a crazy morning!

Pamela's family high fives her son as he heads for the finish line.

Pamela’s family high fives her son as he heads for the finish line.

Here he comes down the finish line! We couldn’t be more proud. We are all giving him a high-five as he goes by. He said the worst part for him is that he should have trained for more cardio. He should have swum more than the 8 laps and biked more than the 6 miles. He’s already talking about next year!

This was just an excerpt from Pamela Kramer’s story on her son’s triathlon experience.  Click here to read the full version and to see more pictures of her son competing.

The YMCA’s Houston Kids Triathlon training program meets once a week for 7 weeks. Week one will serve as an introduction to triathlons and the following weeks will focus on the disciplines of swimming, biking and running.

Pamela's son, posing with his medal.

Pamela’s son, posing with his medal.

All participants must register for the Houston Kids Triathlon prior to registering for the clinic and be able to complete at least 50 meter swim using crawl stroke. Most clinics start the week of February 8. Please sign up by February 4.

The clinics are free for both YMCA members and non-members.

Learn more about the YMCA’s Houston Kids Triathlon Training program here.  For more information or to register for the Houston Kids Triathlon, click here.

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One Response to On your mark, get set, go! Train with the Y for the Houston Kids Triathlon.

  1. Thank you for sharing our story! My younger son would like to do it this year. Such inspiration!!!

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