What if my child has special needs?

We strive to make our events safe and accessible for children of all abilities. Some of our athletes complete our events with adjustments such as specialized equipment, running the course with a buddy or aide, or completing a modified course, for example run/bike/run. If your child is interested in participating in one of our events, we will work with you to plan a way to make their race day a successful, positive experience! Please contact kbrasel@tri4schools.org with any questions or for further information.  You can learn more by reading this overview.

View this short video on our YouTube channel to hear about one of our adaptive athlete’s experience with triathlon.

Are triathlons safe? My child is young.

Triathlons are safe for children of all ages and skill levels. We adjust course distances depending on the age and have trained volunteers spread through the course, ready to assist any child that needs help. 

If you think triathlon may be a good fit for your child, but still have some hesitations, we encourage you and your child to come watch one of our events or volunteer at an event before signing up to participate.

How does a triathlon work?

A triathlon consists of three events in the following order – swim, bike, run. There are various distances of triathlon, but all events consist of these three disciplines.

 Between each event athletes pass through a transition area, which is used for your swim-to-bike transition (T1) and the bike-to-run transition (T2).

Within the transition area, participants have a space where they place their bike and other items that they will need in order to move on to the next event.

See below for recommendations on what items to bring with you on the day of your race, and visit our YouTube channel to view videos of athletes in action at our triathlons.