Kids turn for tri glory

The adults had their shot at glory in the Cayman Islands Triathlon two weeks ago and it’s now the turn of the younger generation.

There are bound to be a few budding Marius Ackers and Julie-Anne Pearsons amongst the young competitors, some of whom were at the event two weeks ago.

The Caykids Christmas triathlon is set to take place on Sunday at 8am.

The event caters for athletes between the ages of seven and 14, and features two distances.

Those in the seven to 10 age group complete a 100m swim, a 3km cycle and a 500m run, while the participants in the 11 to 14 age group complete double the distance, a 200m swim, 6km cycle and 1km run.

The Caykids triathlon is an annual event organised by the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association and aims to promote physical fitness, a healthy lifestyle as well as community involvement.

With the growing popularity of triathlon, the organisers expect in excess of 150 participants swimming, cycling and running their way through the event.

It is a non-competitive event and participants can enter as individuals or as members of a team.

The event takes place on the open piece of land adjacent to the former Courtyard Marriott on Seven Mile Beach. Registration takes place from 7am to 7.45am, with the start scheduled for 8am.

All participants will receive a certificate, a medal and a t-shirt, with a pizza party following the conclusion of the event.

To promote community involvement, the organisers ask each participant to bring a gift or non-perishable food item along to the event, with all items to be distributed to needy families through the Department of Children and Family Services.