About Kids of Steel (KOS)
The Try-Me Try-Athlon is a Kids of Steel (KOS) Triathlon event. Kids of Steel is the national title for youth triathlon events and programs across Canada. All KOS events follow a similar philosophy emphasizing "sport for all," inclusion and community.
All athletes and parents/guardians, whether recreational or competitive, are expected to demonstrate the following behaviours at KOS events:
- Respect for everyone
- Encourage "finishing is winning"
- Turn around at the finish and cheer the next person to the line
- Friendly, supportive interactions
For more information about Kids of Steel, visit the Triathlon Canada website.
Try-Me Try-Athlon FAQs
What is Parkland School Division's Try-Me Try-Athlon?
This event is a district-wide celebration of physical literacy and movement in 2016 using these three skills: swimming, bicycling and running. The Try-Athlon will encourage students to train with their schools and at home in order to learn new physical skills and movements that will allow them to feel more competent and confident in multiple environments.
Who is able to take part in the Try-Athlon?
All children ages 6 and up are welcome to register for this event with the support of their classroom or school-based teacher.
Are there any additional fees outside of the $30 registration fee?
Participants are responsible for gathering their own race kit and ensuring that their race kit is dropped off at the Tri-Leisure Centre (north gym) on June 9, 2016 from 5-8pm.
Students needing additional support developing a race kit or finding funding for the registration fee should contact Felicia Ochs at email@example.com.
How old do you have to be to participate?
Students must be between 6-18 years old to participate in this event.
Parkland School Division is proud to announce our 2nd Annual TryMe TryAthlon is full. The event can only accomodate 250 swimmers for the time allotted in the pool at the TransAlta TriLiesure Centre and all spots are accounted for.
Thanks to all those 6-18 years olds who love swimming, bicycling and running and are willing to try something new. This Friday's event is shaping up to be another fantastic experience.
Can parents or the community get involved?
Teachers, emergency personnel, district supports and trained volunteers are the only adults allowed on the course. Parents are welcomed to join the event as a volunteer or to donate to the Wellness Initiative to support physical literacy events and opportunities like this in Parkland School Division schools.
How long is the race?
The race distances for each age group can be found below. These distances align with guidelines set out by Triathlon Canada for Kids of Steel Triathlons. Please remember that you must drop off your own race kit on June 9 between 5-8pm to prepare for your race on June 10th with your school.
(as of Dec 31)
|6-7 Years||50 m (2 lengths)||1.5 km||500 m|
|8-9 Years||100 m (4 lengths)||3 km||1.5 km|
|10-11 Years||150 m (6 lengths)||6 km||2 km|
|12-13 Years||200 m (8 lengths)||9 km||3 km|
|14-18 Years||400 m (16 lengths)||15 km||5 km|
What are the rules?
The following rules apply to all triathlons for youth and adults. All competitors are expected to know the rules and follow them at the event.
- Athletes must cover their chest and stomach on the bike and run.
- No forward movement using bottom, lane ropes or walls.
- Athletes can stop to rest (stand up) but can only move forward by swimming.
- No flippers or propulsion devices allowed.
- Helmet must be fastened before touching the bike (after swimming).
- No riding in transition (walk bike to the mount line).
- Helmet must stay done up until after the bike is racked (after cycling).
- No drafting (riding right beside or behind someone) in KOS races.
- Athletes must stay three bike lengths behind someone unless they are passing.
- No crawling! Walk, jog or run.
Specific rules regarding equipment are listed in Triathlon Canada's KOS Guidelines and Rules Brochure.
What equipment is needed for each participant?
You can enter a KOS race with a minimum of equipment. All you need is:
- A bike (either road or mountain bike)
- An approved helmet (ANSI or SNELL)
- Running shoes
- Swim suit or shorts
- Goggles (if desired)
- T-shirt or race singlet for boys
- A smile and a desire to have fun
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