Kids of Steel runs Saturday 

Kids aged 8 to 18 are invited to get their triathlons on this Saturday, Oct. 1, with different courses running out of Meadow Park Sports Centre.

Kids aged 8 to 11 will complete a 100 metre pool swim, a 4.5 km bike and a 1.5 km run. For kids 12 to 13, it’s a 300 metre swim, a 10 km bike and a 3 km run. Kids 14 and over will swim 500 metres, bike 14 km and run 4 km.

The bike course is on Alta Lake Road and is relatively hilly, while the run course follows the Valley Trail and is mostly flat and in the shade.

Conditions are shaping up to be perfect with a mix of sun and cloud, and cool temperatures in the forecast.

So far about 50 kids have registered, and registration is open until end of day Friday. Registered athletes have to be at Meadow Park by 8 a.m. on Saturday for check-in and race marking, and there will be a mandatory bike and helmet check from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on race day, or from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Snow Covers Friday.

"We’ve had a race committee for about eight months setting this up, and we’re sanctioned by Triathlon B.C., which is great," said Marie-Anne Prevost, who is helping to organize the event with the Whistler Tri Club.

"We seem to be getting kids from everywhere – North Shore, Vancouver, Squamish, Pemberton, and there are a few local kids as well."

Participating members of the Whistler Tri Club include Kai Riese and Toria Whitney.

The cost is $35, plus $5 for insurance if the participant is not a Tri B.C. member. That includes a free water bottle and one ticket to the picnic. Additional picnic tickets are $5.

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