The first of three Tri-Valley Kids Splash & Dash events will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the high school, incorporating swimming and running. The events are open to boys and girls ages 7 to 15 to introduce them to the world of multi-sport.
"This particular series is about completion, not competition. It's about accomplishing something and getting moving," said Liz Elliott, event director. "Kids are introduced to doing things that they enjoy, really finding things that they enjoy."
This event is one of 40 across the country that are part of the USAT Youth Aquathlon Series. The event focuses on participation rather than competition; no times are taken, and every participant receives a medal, T-shirt and goodies from the sponsors.
The participants will be separated by age as well as gender into waves that will begin the event at different times and have different requirements.
Kids ages 7 to 10 will swim 100 meters and run 1 kilometer whereas kids ages 11 to 15 will go twice the distance in both events. Warm-ups will begin at 9:50 a.m., followed by a mandatory meeting about rules and directions and the national anthem. At 10:30 a.m., the first wave will begin. After the swim, participants will put T-shirts over their swimsuits for the run.
The second two events will be held Aug. 18 and Sept. 8. Participants must be able to swim 25 yards independently without stopping to qualify. To register, visit trivalleytriclub.com/youth/splash.