Last summer, Helene Lane and her husband decided to put on little triathlon for the neighborhood kids. Nothing big, a little swim at the Lake Park Swim Club, then a short run and bike through the North Raleigh neighborhood. To their surprise, 43 kids signed up. (Perhaps more surprising: the majority — 28 — were girls.) So they've decided to do it again.
Apparently not everyone got the word that the Lake Park Tri is a laidback affair.
This year's 2nd Annual Lake Park Kids' Triathlon is Saturday, Aug. 9. Two things we like about the 2ALPK:
— It's pretty dang cheap: Registration is $8, and that includes a T-shirt! When have you ever seen a tri for $8, with a T-shirt. And, says, Helene Lane, "not just any old t-shirt. They're designed by a lady from our neighborhood who is a senior graphic designer with Olympic-sponsor, Lenovo. There is a certain Olympic influence in the design which we thought was appropriate given that the race falls on the first day of competition in Beijing." Dang!
— It''s a laidback, non-competitive affair. Everyone gets a medal, it's run by a couple of parents in the neighborhood.
Even though it's non-competitive, it's three weeks out, so there's plenty of time to — well, not "train" for the race. "Prepare" for it. That's it.
Take the kids out in the neighborhood this week and start ... preparing.