Claytor Lake triathlon is one for the ages
Triathletes: training from the ground up.
Swimming, riding and striding, the second-annual Claytor Lake Sprint Triathlon takes place Saturday at Claytor Lake State Park near Dublin.
The 8 a.m. race consists of a 500-meter swim, a 12.5-mile bike race, and finishes with a 5K run.
Up to 200 athletes can participate in 14 categories based on experience, size and age.
Anne Jones, 53, founder and head coach of TriAdventure, a Blacksburg-based multi-sport coaching and fitness company, has about 30 members signed up for the event.
Some of the members are smaller and younger than others, and all are ready for race day. Ten of the 30 TriAdventure athletes competing are ages 15 and younger.
Jones says she has noticed increasing numbers of child athletes at endurance sport events.
“Now you see four or five extra kids, or even groups of kids at races,” she said, citing endurance-sport organizations and events that she has encountered throughout Virginia and Washington D.C., over the past five years.
Kaleb Edwards, 12, has been training through TriAdventure for the triathlon and will be doing the biking leg of the race. He’ll be racing with two teammates who will swim and run.
“I have tons of bikes at home. It’s probably where I’m fastest,” he said.
Kaleb likes training every week and said swimming, biking and running are really fun.
The Claytor Lake event will be his fifth triathlon.
For Kaleb, one of the challenges of race day is getting up at 4 a.m., getting the gear ready and into position, and at the same time, trying to stay relaxed until the race has started.
“It’s very fun. I would recommend the experience,” he said.
Klaudia Kanska, 10, is also a triathlete, and the lake event will be her third triathlon.
She likes the challenge and the training commitment.
Her mother, Magda, has also been a triathlete.
Klaudia prefers the swimming stage because she has experience from being on a swim team.
She enjoys the feeling of finishing a race, doing her best and having fun.
“I thought it would be a bit of a challenge,” Klaudia said. “My mom used to do a lot of them, so I thought it would be fun, too.”
Kids are “the heart and soul of our program,” Jones said.
“That’s how we get the parents a lot of times.
“They see that their kid can do that, and they say, ‘I can do that too,’ which is true.”
“Anybody can do it, you just got to come out and train a little bit,” she said.
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