WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Recreation will host its first annual Kids Triathlon at Memorial Pool on Saturday, Aug. 4. The event is intended to encourage children to participate in physical activity.

Athletes ages 4 to 14, in four different age groups, will swim, bike and run in the “purely recreational” event, according to Don Bogardus, the Westfield director of recreation. All participants will receive a participation medal. 

“The goal of the Kids Tri is to have children get up off the couch and put down their video game controller and try an outdoor event that many would never get the chance to participate in,” Bogardus said. “Most Triathlons are for adults only. The Kids Tri is a chance for children to go out and do something new and exciting.”

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While the kids triathlon will be Westfield’s first ever, similar events began 12 years ago in Chester, NJ. Since then, they have gained popularity in the region.

Registration costs $15 per child, and only the first 50 participants for each age group will be accepted. Participants do not need to live in Westfield. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 4 p.m. The triathlon will start promptly at 8:30 a.m., with check in at 7:45 a.m. No registrations will be accepted the day of the event.

Sign up at the recreation office in the municipal building, 425 East Broad St., or click here to register online.

Daniel Han is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.