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The Kids Are Alright as USAT launches Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series

USA Triathlon (USAT) has confirmed that a total of 50 swim-run events across the United States will be taking place in 2014 as part of the third annual USAT Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series.

The series, which launched in 2012 with 30 events, expanded to 40 events in 2013. During this timeframe participation grew nearly 50% with more than 2,400 young athletes taking part. The events are hosted in each of USA Triathlon’s 10 regions, and 28 of the events on the 2014 schedule are returning events after hosting in 2012 or 2013.

Open to young athletes between the ages 7-15, the series focuses on participation and having fun rather than competition, and many of the events are not timed. One of the primary objectives of the series is introducing youth to the multisport lifestyle, and many of the selected events will also offer educational opportunities such as USA Triathlon-sanctioned youth clinics.

The 2014 series kicks off in March 2014 and runs through to November. USA Triathlon partnered with race directors, community centres, coaches, clubs and parks & recreation departments to solidify the slate of 50 events for the year. USAT staff will host one of the events in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on 23 August.

Participants ages 7-10 will cover a 100m swim and a 1K run, while athletes ages 11-15 will complete a 200m swim and a 2K run.

2014 USA Triathlon Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series

Mar 22: Splash and Dash Youth Aquathlon and Wet N’ Wild Triathlon, Corpus Christi, Texas
Mar 22: Greater Marco Family YMCA Youth Splash & Dash, Marco Island, Fla.
Apr 5: Sailfish Splash and Dash, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Apr 27: SuperKid Splash and Dash, Santa Cruz, Calif.
May 3: Summerhill Splash & Dash, Athens, Ga.
May 3: E Bomb Splash and Dash, Biloxi, Miss.
May 9: Lil’ Aggie Splash and Dash, Las Cruces, N.M.
May 17: FIU Aquathlon, North Miami, Fla.
May 18: Playtri Youth & Juniors Splash n’ Dash, Allen, Texas
May 24: USA Triathlon Splash and Dash, Pompano Beach, Fla.
May 31: Madeira Beach Kids Splash & Dash, Madeira Beach, Fla.
May 31: Arlington Triathlon Club Splash & Dash, Arlington, Va.
May 31: Try Kids Tri-Splash and Dash Aquathlon, Louisville, Ky.
May 31: Race Omaha Kid’s Splash and Dash, Omaha, Neb.
Jun 1: Healthy Habits Youth Aquathlon, Biddeford, Maine
Jun 7: Strive 2 Tri Youth Splash & Dash, College Park, Md.
Jun 8: San Diego Kids Splash and Dash, San Diego, Calif.
Jun 8: Grand Rapids Triathlon Youth Splash and Dash, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Jun 14: Tri-Oswego Splash and Dash, Oswego, N.Y.
Jun 21: OBX Tri Fest Splash and Dash, Outer Banks, N.C.
Jun 21: Salamander Splash and Dash, Knoxville, Tenn.
Jun 28: 2PA Splash and Dash – Endorphin Fitness/Peluso Open Water, Richmond, Va.
Jun 29: Last Chance Splash and Dash, Helena, Mont.
Jul 12: Third Annual Haka Multisport Youth Splash and Dash, West Lafayette, Ind.
Jul 13: Menlo Park Kids Splash and Dash, Menlo Park, Calif.
Jul 13: Tallahassee YTS Splash and Dash, Tallahassee, Fla.
Jul 16: Green Bay Multisport Splash and Dash, Green Bay, Wis.
Jul 19: Top Gun Kids Splash & Dash, Tierra Verde, Fla.
Jul 19: Splash and Dash into Fall, Fort Collins, Colo.
Jul 19: Lexington’s Splash and Dash at Shillito Park, Lexington, Ky.
Jul 20: Asheville Kids Splash and Dash, Asheville, N.C.
Jul 20: Camp Mataucha Youth Splash & Dash, Watertown, Ct.
Jul 23: MMTT Splash and Dash, Geneva, Ill.
Jul 25: NW YMCA Splash and Dash, Irmo, S.C.
Jul 26: T3 Multisports Youth Splash and Dash, Round Rock, Texas
Aug 2: Splash-N-Dash-N-Fun!, Norman, Okla.
Aug 9: KidFest and Backpack Attack, Decatur, Ill.
Aug 16: Steamboat Splash and Dash, Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Aug 17: LPC Kids Splash and Dash, Fletcher, N.C.
Aug 23: USA Triathlon Youth Splash and Dash, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Aug 23: Park City Splash and Dash, Bridgeport, Ct.
Aug 24: MI Titanium Youth Splash and Dash, Belmont, Mich.
Aug 24: Back to School Splash and Dash, Houston, Texas
Sep 6-8: Best in the West Triathlon Festival Splash and Dash, Sweet Home, Ore.
Sep 20: Nor-Cal Juniors Splash & Dash, San Rafael, Calif.
Sep 20: Boundary Waters Youth Splash and Dash, Douglasville, Ga.
Sep 21: Third Annual Tri-Valley Kids Splash and Dash, Pleasanton, Calif.
Oct 5: Kids Splash N Dash at HFFA, Huntersville, N.C.
Oct 5: I AM FAST Splash & Dash, Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.
Nov 9: Third Annual Tri-Amphibians Splash and Dash, Long Beach, Calif.

 
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