USA Triathlon has announced that its Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series is set to return for the seventh consecutive year, with more than 55 swim-run events planned in cities across the United States this season.
The Splash & Dash series saw record participation in 2017, with 2,250 youth athletes competing in 50 events nationwide across the US.
The series, launched in 2012 with 30 events, is designed to introduce youth athletes between the ages of 7 and 15 to the multisport lifestyle through the fast-growing discipline of aquathlon. With a focus on participation and fun, rather than competition, many of the events are not timed.
At all Splash & Dash events, participants aged 7-10 will complete a 100m pool swim and a 1K run, while athletes aged 11-15 will complete a 200m pool swim and a 2K run. All participants receive a t-shirt, custom finisher’s medal and giveaways from the Boy Scouts of America and the USA Swimming Foundation, both partners of the series.
The 2018 season kicks off in mid-March and runs through October, with events hosted in each of USA Triathlon’s six regions. USA Triathlon partnered with race directors, community centres, coaches, clubs, and parks and recreation departments to solidify the slate of more than 55 events, a record high for the series. USA Triathlon staff will also host the annual Colorado Springs, Colorado, event, which is presented by SafeSplash Swim School, on August 19th.
“With the seventh iteration of the USA Triathlon Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series, we will introduce more kids than ever to multisport in a single season,” said Brian D’Amico, USA Triathlon Director of Events. “Increasing youth participation is a major focus not only for USA Triathlon, but for the industry as a whole through the recently-launched Time to Tri initiative.
“We look forward to working with each of the hosts on this year’s Splash & Dash calendar to make the 2018 series the most successful yet.”