Tallahassee YTS Press Release
Sunday, June 2nd, nearly 200 Tallahassee kids will gather at the FSU Morcom Aquatics Center, to compete in the Splash & Dash youth aquathlon, a non-competitive, swim/run event that is part of the 2013 Tallahassee Youth Triathlon Series (TYTS), presented by Proctor Subaru.
Multisport races, like triathlon and aquathlon, are some of the fastest-growing sports in the world, and kids’ events are a huge part of this trend.
This is the first time Tallahassee has hosted the USA Triathlon (USAT) Splash & Dash.
After learning that there was interest from participating families, the Tallahassee Youth Triathlon Series bid last year to be part of the 2013 USAT youth aquathlon line up, and was one of only 40 U.S. cities chosen. The Splash & Dash is an addition to the TYTS summer schedule, which typically includes three YTS Youth and Adult Super Sprint Triathlons.
The first event was held in late April, there are two additional triathlon races coming up later this summer – July 14, and September 1. These swim/bike/run events are for adults as well.
Completely run by volunteers, Tallahassee has hosted host multisport events for local children for 12 years. This summer, the Tallahassee Youth Triathlon Series is partnering with the Capital Region YMCA to raise host a series of practice clinics.
Each year, the race donates a portion of its proceeds to LIVESTRONG programs. Additionally this year, in partnership with the Foundation for Leon County Schools, youth triathlon efforts will fund programs and equipment purchases for local school PE departments.
At the end of the series, wellness program dollars will be given to schools with the most race participation.
Over $600 was awarded to the most participatory public schools in 2012, including top prizes to Roberts Elementary and Killearn Lakes Elementary.
When: TODAY - Sunday, June 2, 2013
Time: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. (races begin at 8:30 a.m., youngest to oldest), followed by family swim time in the dive pool, and a diving exhibition by Tomahawk Dive Club.
Where: Morcom Aquatics Center, Florida State University (2550 Pottsdamer Street)
Who: Approximately 200 youth; ages 5 to 15. Plus hundreds of supportive family members, volunteers and community partners, including members of the FSU Swim Team, who “buddy up” with the youngest athletes to offer encouragement in the pool.