Blue T-shirts were everywhere. On the front were the words, “Kids Tri 4 Fun.”
Judging by the ear-to-ear smiles, they tried and succeeded.
Participants beamed with pride as they reached the finish line at the Whitehorse Kids Triathlon, hosted by the city of Whitehorse on Sunday at the Canada Games Centre and the Whitehorse Cross-Country Ski Club.
“It went really well, really smooth, we didn’t have any incidents that I know of,” said Sasha Sywulsky, an organizer with the city. “No injuries, no kids wiped out. I think we had to put one chain on a bike that fell off - that was the only thing that came up on the trail.”
The third annual, non-competitive event saw a record turnout, with 144 registered triathletes between the ages of 5-14. That’s up from about 100 two years ago and 125 last year. Just under 60 volunteers helped put on the event.
“We wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of the community, the volunteer support,” said Sywulsky.