Karen Steven’s Kids’ Triathlon

| September 30, 2010 | 1 Comment

Don’t tell anybody, but triathlons are really meant for kids.  I know that my friends and I train and work hard to get better at each of the three disciplines but really it is a sport that takes us back to our youth.  Is there anything better than an afternoon spent swimming at the neighborhood pool, riding bikes through the local streets and paths or a good old fashion game of chase? I try to remind myself of this when I am in the middle of a particularly tough run or ride.Kids triathalon swimming

After this weekend’s 2nd Annual Karen Steven’s Memorial Kid’s Triathlon, I hope I don’t have to remind myself of it again.  I hope that the images of that morning will last and be an encouragement to me as I go through my training.  According to David Ensor who organized the event along with Hope Adams and a host of volunteers, the event, named for master swimmer, swim instructor and the wife and mother of SPY Aquatics swimmers, “is organized as a way to encourage fitness and community involvement and raises funds used for the program that meant the most to Karen herself, swim instruction.”Kids triathalon biking

When I headed out for my ride last Saturday morning my only concern was in getting in the three hour ride that was scheduled for the day.  As an endurance athlete, I can be pretty self-centered.  That morning was no exception.  I headed down the trail towards Annapolis and took little notice of the signs announcing the triathlon as I began to approach Severna Park.  But as I came up on the first cyclist, a little girl on a little pink bike with a number pinned to her shirt, I was brought out of my own world.  I rode behind her encouraging her and watching her little legs respond.  As I passed her and moved on the next rider and the next I noticed something about all of these participants.  They were all smiling.  They were all enjoying the moment.  It wasn’t about beating the kid in front of them or improving their last triathlon time. It was just about being out there and having fun.Kids triathalon running

As I approached Severna Park, the transition point for these little athletes, the path was lined by parents and spectators cheering the kids on.  They handed off their bikes and headed out for the run.  I continued further down the path and saw the same thing I had seen on the bike portion.  These kids were having a good time.  They weren’t out there for the glory of the win or the PR.  Instead, they seemed to be holding a secret to the sport that my friends and I sometimes forget.  This is supposed to be fun.  We can treat it like a sport and work towards a goal but we should try to remember that without the fun there is no point to what we do.  Without the fun, we might as well put a treadmill or a bike trainer in the basement and just put in the miles.Kids triathalon winners

That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to compete against our field or ourselves.  The truth is, the competition for us and for these kids is part of the fun.  So, let’s give all of the kids who participated a big round of applause and give a little special recognition to the following for their efforts.

2010 Winners

8&U Female

1. Lauren Greenhill

2. Elle Johnson

3. Sarah Soltis

9-10 Female

1. Claudia Boehringer

2. Emily Shorb

3. Sydney Milton

11 Female

1. Cailin Brodn

2. Lena Goldstein

3. Lizzie Gustafson

12 Female

1. Christine Vaaler

2. Bailey Merrill

3. Emily Beutler

13-14 Female

1. Sopphie Bowes

2. Sydney Forsyth

3. Caroline Yearwood

8&U Male

1. Nathan Howard

2. Wesley Winkler

3. Will D’Antoni

9-10 Male

1. Jake Wilson

2. Noah Whiteman

3. Mitchell Clokey

11 Male

1. Jerra Ewing

2. Max Milton

3. Nicholas Howard

12 Male

1. Brendan Jones

2. Jyoti Lewis

3. Chase Harding

13-14 Male

1. Sam Kniola

2. Diego Yepez

3. Colby Mueller

Teams

11 and under

1. Jimmy Bourton and Gabi Higgins

12 and up

1. Emma Hand, Kate Hasson and Lily Streaker

Freelance writer, Ann lives in Severna Park with her husband and three children. When not at the gym or running outside, she spends every free minute chasing a four-year-old or running her older children to soccer fields all over two states. Read more by Ann at Ann’s Running Commentary and at Patch.com. She can be contacted at [email protected] .

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