Covington YMCA offers free triathlon training for kids

COVINGTON — Young athletes who want to take a shot at a triathlon can receive free training at the Covington Family YMCA starting June 24.

Children ages 6 through 15 years old can participate in the free training on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The class instruction includes learning fundamental and endurance training.

A triathlon includes swimming, cycling and long-distance running, and the YMCA program will help children train for four weeks. The program ends Aug. 24.

YMCA Membership Director Kacie Brown said triathlons are unique because they combine three activities that all children enjoy and do on a regular basis.

“Almost all children love to swim, ride their bikes and run around with their friends. In a triathlon, they do all three in a fun and competitive atmosphere,” Brown said.

She suggested children interested not only sign up to train at the YMCA, but then take it another step further and actually to sign up for a triathlon event.

“The Atlanta Kids Triathlon is a great one for beginners or first-time triathletes because the focus is on kids having fun, not coming in first place,” Brown said. “There are also more than 100 volunteers and safety personnel positioned all over the course to help direct kids and ensure the route is as safe as possible.”

For more information on how to sign up, contact the Covington Family YMCA at 770-787-3908.