Pictou Advocate sports

YMCA offers Tri Club starting May 27


The Pictou County YMCA plans to introduce a Y Tri Club Indoor “Y Not Tri?” triathlon program on May 27.

It will illustrate to young people, 12 years old and under, the swimming, biking and running disciplines associated with triathlons.

The indoor triathlon started in 2016 by a group of volunteers to gain more interest in the sport while focusing on fun and promoting active living in Pictou County.

The event is designed for people with little or no experience. With shorter distances and a no open water swim, it’s a less daunting approach to learning triathlon skills.

With the adult division sold out four weeks before the event, organizers are focusing their attention on getting more kids involved. The morning will start with youth, 12 years old and under.

There are three divisions being offered for youth. Participants will start in the pool. Once the swim portion is complete, the young participants will exit the Y and mount their own bicycles for a course in the parking area. This will be followed by a run.

There is no fee for youth to take part; however, on-line registration is recommended. Participants will be awarded with an event T-shirt and bib to remember their accomplishment.

“It is a great event and sport for youth, as it needs relatively little equipment. It is also equipment that most kids have, such as sneakers, a bike, a helmet, and a swim suit,” said event organizer Kathy Saulnier. “It is a goal of ours to create a fun atmosphere that gets kids excited about being active and to expose families to a sport that they can do together.”

The indoor triathlon will kick off a series of upcoming events, including the Melmerby Kids Triathlon and adult Triathlon in July.

To register as a youth at this year’s indoor event, visit Race Roster or the YMCA of Pictou County Facebook Indoor Triathlon event page.