Monday, October 16, 2006

Cayman Tri-Life: CayKids Triathlon

On Sunday morning I was at the CayKids Triathlon, sponsored by Nestle MILO. Organiser Judy Ryan and her team of volunteers did a great job. There were approximately 125 participants overall, as individuals in age groups (7 to 10 and 11 to 14) or as relay teams. The younger group biked 3km and ran 500m. How far they swam is a bit of guess - 125m? The older group did two loops of everything, so double the distance of the younger group.

Being a spare pair of hands, I was sent out to staff the bike turn-around (along with Paul Phillips, who organised the local Stroke and Stride series two months back). Paul and I provided traffic control for cars, and directions and encouragement for participants. I also put a dropped chain back on, a trickier operation on a child's bike with a chainguard and no derailleur than on my own. Wish I'd been faster - poor kid took quite a time penalty!

By 8:45am the event was over, and partipants were happily demolishing the pizza provided. For the rest of the morning I kept seeing kids with event T-shirts wearing finishers medals, usually with parents in tow. What fun!


Blogger Wendy said...

Ah, pizza. Breakfast of Champions! (Especially when served with coke!)

My brother, bike mechanic!!! (Where's Winz when you need him?) Seriously, I'm sure the young un was happy for your help.

125 sounds like a wonderful turnout for a burb your size.

10/16/2006 07:24:00 am  

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