Marshall Recreation Center to offer triathlon camp for kids


RecCenter_SquareThe  Recreation Center will offer a Kids’ Triathlon Camp this summer, with training focusing on fundamentals of basic swimming, cycling and running techniques.

This program is preparation for kids who wish to participate in the St. Mary’s Kids Try-A-Triathlon, which will be held Saturday, June 27, at Beech Fork State Park in Lavalette. The camp is  for children ages 6-13 who wish to take the challenge and compete.

Stephanie Bryant, fitness instructor at the Rec Center and an avid triathlon enthusiast, says that the camp is a great way to get ready for the local race. “The camp is the week before the St. Mary’s Kids Try-a-Triathlon,” Bryant said. “The camp and the race are structured around skill development in the three disciplines of individual growth, good sportsmanship and fun.”

Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 22-26. The cost is $65 for members and $75 for non-members of the Rec Center. Operation Splash Down Camp will be available for those children who wish to participate for the full day. The cost for this option is $110 for members and $135 for non-members. Kids who choose this option will take triathlon camp until noon, and then transition to other camp activities in the afternoon.

Campers are required to participate in all three activities: swimming, biking, and running. Instructors will make sure each camper is “trained” appropriately, due to varying levels of skill in these three areas.

Campers should arrive with all of their equipment each day: swimsuits, towels, goggles, cap, ear and/or nose plugs, hair bands, sun screen, sneakers and socks. Campers must have a bike in good repair and a helmet. Campers will be able to leave their bikes throughout the week, but they must take their bikes home on Friday. They also are asked to  leave flip flops/crocs at home along with iPods, etc. The recreation center will provide nutritious snacks, music and phones to call parents as needed.

The triathlon camp will get the campers physically ready to participate in the St. Mary’s Kids Try-A-Triathlon. Registration for the Try-A-Triathlon is separate from the Recreation Center Camp fee, and can be found on www.tristateracer.com. ($20 per individual and $15 if registered by June 10).

“This is a great camp for kids who aren’t playing other sports over the summer and want to become better swimmers, bikers and runners,” Bryant said.

For more information about triathlon camp, contact Assistant Director of Intramurals and Camps Alex Boyer at boyer3@marshall.edu or ext.6-4101.