ROXBURY, NJ - Of all the community events that happen in Roxbury each year, the one that  Roxbury Councilman Fred Hall seems to enjoy the most is the annual Tri Harder Kids Triathlon. 

That means Hall is getting pretty excited; this year’s installment of the event is taking place on Thursday (July 13).

“It’s a great event,” said the councilman. “I like it a lot because it’s an event just for the kids. It gets them acclimated to running, biking and swimming. To me, that’s just great. Get away from the TV set, come out to run, bike and swim.”

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This will be the fifth Tri Harder in Roxbury. It happens at the township’s Horseshoe Lake complex on Eyland Avenue in Succasunna.

During the event, kids between the ages of four and 14 show up with bicycles, swimsuits and running shoes and compete within age classes. Everybody gets a participation medal and there are no individual awards.

“The kids love it,” Hall said. “They have a great time and, quite frankly, so do I.”

There is a $10-per-child fee and all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Pre-registration is required and it can be done online. Sign-in is 5:15 p.m. and the event starts at 6 p.m.

The Tri Harder Kids Triathlon is sponsored by Roxbury Recreation and Marty’s Reliable Cycle. It is also supported by Hillside Lutheran Brethren Church, the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna dna Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream of Ledgewood.

Hall said changes made to the courses last year were a big improvement. “We changed the course around and it had tremendous benefits,” he said. “Prior to that, we had some difficulties with the finish area and getting people on the bike course safely. Those have been rectified.”

Rain forced the postponement of last year's triathlon to August, but it didn't dampen Hall's enthusiasm. He especially loved being the guy who put medals around the young competitors' necks. The rain date for this year's event is July 20.