Do you have a budding athlete in your home? Or maybe you’d like to encourage a fondness for fitness, foster the pursuit of excellence, or share your love of running with your wee ones. In response to all of these impulses, the event you’ve been looking for is here—the Westboro Beach Kids Triathlon, Duathlon and FunDu on August 14.
Yes, you read that correctly—this is a triathlon for kids as young as age 6 (and yes, there is a swimming component). Organized by Ottawa Kids Triathlon, this event has something for nearly everyone in the family, except perhaps infants and toddlers—but it does offer duathlons for kids aged 3 to 5.
For the slightly older set (six and up), the triathlon includes an open-water swim in the Ottawa River. The 6 to 12 year-olds will swim parallel to the shore in chest-deep water and will be grouped according to age (i.e. ages 6 and 7 race together).
The bike course winds along the westbound Ottawa River Parkway, which will be closed to traffic from 8 am until noon. The run is planned along paths near the river. If the beach is closed due to water quality issues that weekend, the triathlon will become a duathlon instead.
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