A release from off-road multisport event organiser, XTERRA, notes that its event brand ‘is for everyone, especially our little ones and on October 16 in Santa Cruz, California we’ll celebrate an event just for them – the XTERRA SuperKid off-road triathlons.’
“The future of our sport is with the youth,” said XTERRA World Tour Managing Director Dave Nicholas. “The XTERRA SuperKid will bring a whole new level of environment for XTERRA and its vision to bring kids into the sport.”
Held at the Simpkins Family Swim Center in Santa Cruz, XTERRA SuperKid courses range from 100-yard swims to 300-yard swims, bike segments from 1.5 miles to 3 miles, and runs from 0.75 to 2.5 miles. The swim is in a pool since there are no lakes in the county, but the bike and run are all on dirt trails in the adjacent State Park.
“It’s pretty rugged,” said local organizer Penni Bengtson of Finish Line Productions. “The courses are fit into the USAT age ranges, and it’s the only USAT sanctioned kid’s event around.”
XTERRA adds that SuperKid is about building strong bodies and healthy kids… ‘This means getting them off the couch, away from the TV and video games, and outside for some healthy physical activity.’
“It doesn’t matter if your child is already an athlete or is just starting to engage in sports and outdoor activity,” said Penni Bengtson. “This is a great event for the whole family and gives your children the opportunity to be active and healthy. With a swim, bike and run course, real transition area, body markings and fun prizes for participants, you can help your child gain the self-esteem that comes from doing their personal best, not to mention a cool finisher medal and matching shirt.”