What kid doesn't love to swim, bike or run? At least 178 young athletes in and around Brambleton showed the community just how much they do.
On Saturday, September 1st, the Brambleton Community Association hosted it's First Annual Brambleton Kids Triathlon. With fitness and good health in mind, the Association began planning the event with the following goals:
To promote the Brambleton Community by ensuring a safe, high quality experience for athletes and their families; To donate monetary funds to a charitable organization; To encourage a fit and healthy lifestyle for youth in and around Brambleton.
As witnessed this past Labor Day weekend, those goals were achieved. The inaugural event ran smoothly and was a tremendous success. Many of the participants have already been talking about doing it again next year!
" I want to thank you for organizing such a wonderful event for the kids. As an educator of fitness, health and wellness for kids, it is so nice to live in a neighborhood that promotes these things. Not only did this motivate the kids to work hard, but I believe it inspired a lot of the parents to get moving.
Thank you and your team of volunteers for all the hard work you put into making this event a success!"
- Jodi Yates, Resident
Watching the children work hard towards that finish line was indeed very inspiring. Every child poured their heart and soul into this event, most beaming with smiles from ear to ear.
Kids in the 5-8 age group were asked to swim 50m, ride their bike for .73 miles then run for .53 miles. The 9-11 age group had to swim 100m, bike for 1.4 miles and run for 1 mile. Lastly, the 12-14 age group had to swim 150m, bike for 2.25 miles and run for 1.75 miles.
It's hard enough just to swim for 50m, let alone, bike and run for a few more miles. Regardless of what distances the three age groups were expected to complete, all of the participants rose to the occasion and crossed the finish line on the Legacy Elementary School track. Finishers were awarded with triathlon medals from Gold sponsors, Northern Virginia Orthodontics and from Special Olympics of Loudoun athletes.
Community support was evident at the Finish Line Festival where even non-participants showed up to cheer on our young athletes. Many volunteers also came out, from both near and far, and we are so grateful for their willingness to lend a hand. They each played a critical role in the success of this event. From the swim, run and bike course marshals, to transition area volunteers, set-up/clean-up, water stop and packet pickup, there was quite a bit of work involved in putting it all together. Without our amazing volunteers, this event would not have been possible.
Various local businesses also stepped up in support of the triathlon. We can't thank our sponsors enough for their generous contributions and commitment.
Thank you to our 2012 Brambleton Kids Triathlon Sponsors:
The Brambleton Group
Fitness Image Results
Northern Virginia Orthodontics
Top Kick Martial Arts Center
Sport Rock Climbing Centers
Friends and Family
Arcola Pleasant-Valley Volunteer Fire Department
Brambleton Kids Run the Nation Froots
Total Development Solutions
Proceeds from this event will directly benefit the Special Olympics of Loudoun, which is one of the most successful athletic programs in Northern Virginia. Special Olympics is a non-profit organization that provides training and competition in various Olympic-style sports. Training is free to the athletes. The average cost to train an athlete is $175 per season and is paid for by the local committee. The program has grown greatly over the past four years and relies on fundraising activities throughout the year to support programs such as golfing, basketball, tennis, volleyball, swimming, bowling, softball and more.
The Brambleton Community Association is proud to have been able to provide Special Olympics athletes with the help they need and hope to continue to support their efforts in years to come. We are equally proud to have provided our community youth and their families with an event which promotes a fit and healthy lifestyle.
We are very excited for the Brambleton Kids Triathlon in 2013 and hope that many more young Brambleton athletes join us!