The London Triathlon have today announced a children’s aquathlon (combination swim and run) will kick off the event weekend at London Docklands, on Saturday 8th August.
Organised by London Triathlon and mi sport, 2015 marks the first time a children’s aquathlon will be hosted at the world’s largest triathlon. The event consists of an open water swim leg in the Royal Victoria Docks, followed by a running leg along the Docklands. The kids will experience the same excitement as the 13,000 adult triathletes and will cross the same finish line inside the ExCeL centre.
The distances are broken down into the following age categories:
9-10 years: 100m swim/800m run
11-13 years: 200m swim/1600m run
14-16 years: 300m swim/2400m run
Offering the opportunity for children of all ages to get active at the London Triathlon, in addition to the aquathlon, children aged 4-14 will be able to enter a duathlon – a run-bike-run event, of varying distances. For under-4s there’s a scootathlon which combines a little bit of running with ‘cycling’ on a no-pedal bike or scooter.
James Robinson, Managing Director of event organisers Challenger World, commented: “Through the addition of the aquathlon, duathlon and scootathlon at London Triathlon we hope to be able to provide parents a fantastic platform to get their children excited about two different sporting disciplines, giving them a taste for triathlon and the excitement of being cheered on by thousands of spectators.”
Taking place on the morning of Saturday 8th August, entries for the children’s aquathlon will be priced at £22 and are available from www.thelondontriathlon.com
The duathlon takes place on both Saturday and Sunday. Entries are £18 with discounts for siblings.