THE RESULTS ARE IN! RECAP OF THE JCC’S INDIANAPOLIS KIDS TRIATHLON
For Competitive and Non-Competitive Athletes Ages 7–14
“Small Fry” Division for Kids Ages 6 and Under!
Families and friends cheered and snapped photos as 80 kids ran their hearts out to cross the finish line at the JCC’s5th annual Indianapolis Kids Triathlon. OnSunday, June 24th, the bullhorn blasted the start of the race at the JCC’s Eskenazi Water Park where racers in the senior division were the first to hit the water. The professionally timed race regularly attracts at least 10 serious competitors, whereas most of the other youth participate at a recreational level. For some, the Indianapolis Kids Triathlon is their first taste of competition.
Janet Reno, mother of 10-year-old Owen Reno, said: “This was Owen’s first JCC triathlon. He has done others in past summers, but he enjoyed the JCC’s the most of all. He told me he wants to do it again next summer.” Owen finished third place in the boys senior division. All three legs of the race were held on the grounds of theArthur M. Glick JCC. The swim portion took place in the JCC’s Eskenazi Water Park.
While competition is a big part of the annual Indianapolis Kids Triathlon, the JCC’s reason for holding the event is to help youth stay active and by giving them an event to train for as an alternative to team sports. By participating in the race, children may find they love the sport of triathlon, or perhaps they will choose to focus on swimming, cycling and/or running, which are all sports that can be practiced for the rest of their life. With obesity reaching epidemic proportions in our country, introducing youth to fitness options and encouraging physical activity contributes to the overall health of the children in our community.
In this race, every child crossing the finish line is a winner. All receive a beautiful, keepsake medal. Awards went to the first, second and third place winners in the male and female categories of both the junior and senior divisions. Racers in these divisions were professionally timed by Tuxedo Brothers.
Junior Division: Ages 7-10
100 year swim / 3.5 mile bike / .5 mile run – no parental assistance
First Place: Charlotte Kumler, Age 11 from Indianapolis
Second Place: Brooklyn Edwards, Age 9 from Carmel
Third Place: Parker Kurzawa, Age 7 from Indianapolis
First Place: Will Baker, Age 9 from Indianapolis
Second Place: Gabriel Chambers, Age 8 from Indianapolis
Third Place: Dane Leonard, Age 9 from Indianapolis
Senior Division: Ages 11-14
200 yard swim / 6 mile bike / 1 mile run – no parental assistance
First Place: Kenzi Wilson, Age 13 from Carmel
Second Place: Evelyn Norfleet, Age 11 from Zionsville
Third Place: Alexa Holl, Age 11 from Carmel
First Place: Andrew Labell, Age 13 from Carmel
Second Place: Jacob Ruschhaupt, Age 11 from Indianapolis
Third Place: Owen Reno, Age 10 from Indianapolis
Small Fry Division
Children 6 years old and younger - parental assistance allowed for cycling and running
25 yard swim / 3.5 mile bike / .5 mile run – parental assistance permitted for the bike and run portions only
11 youth raced in the untimed “small fry” division
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