The recreation center in our town sponsors a Small Fry Triathlon every year for kids ages 2 years to 6 years. They take part in all three categories of a regular triathlon – run, bike & swim. They used tricycles, bikes with training wheels, bikes with no training wheels, scooters, and all sorts of riding toys. For some of the kids this was a new adventure and they needed their “personal coach” to help encourage them. The more experienced athletes had little trouble finishing the course with encouragement from the sidelines.
Since these are little ones, their swim part of the course was running through the biggest sprinkler I’ve ever seen! Before the race I spoke with a dad of a 2 year old who was new to the event to be prepared to get wet when it came time for his child to run through the sprinklers. He assured me that his little one loved sprinklers. I assured him this was no ordinary sprinkler! You see, one end of a fire hose is attached to pcv pipes with small holes drilled in them. It runs down both sides of the entire length of the “swim” course. The other end of the fire hose is attached to a fire hydrant! There’s so much water spraying out that it produces a big, beautiful rainbow at the end of the course! Did the dad get wet? Yes, yes he did! And so did a lot of other parents.
All participants were awarded a medal for their championship finish. Thanks to the Bartlett Recreation Center for investing in young athletes!