EMMC Hosts Cub Tracks Youth Triathlon

09/21/2009

As a gold medal winning Olympic swimmer, Maine native Ian Crocker knows the importance of staying active and getting physically fit. Now he, along with Eastern Maine Medical Center and the University of Maine, are encouraging local youth to do the same.

The Cub Tracks Youth Triathlon, scheduled for Sunday, September 27 at the University of Maine, is a collaborative effort among EMMC, the University of Maine, and Kohl’s department store to promote physical activity, and youth awareness of the importance of their own health as well as how the choices they make affect their health and physical fitness.  

The Cub Tracks Youth Triathlon is a competitive, yet friendly, event for kids ages 7 – 13. Kids between the ages of 7 – 9 will participate in a 50 yard swim, a two mile bike race, and a half mile walk/run. Kids between the ages of 10 – 13, will compete in a 100 yard swim, two and a half mile bike race, and a one mile run.

“We are hopeful the triathlon will encourage our youth to prepare for competition by becoming more physically active and make better food choices throughout the year,” explains EMMC Wellness director Debi McCann, RN. “It is exciting to introduce our youth to the sport of triathlon competition and have the opportunity to positively influence behaviors by promoting healthy lifestyle choices. Most children enjoy swimming, biking, and running individually and the Cub Tracks Triathlon pulls all three activities together for a safe, effective, and fun afternoon.”

There’s still time to register. The cost is $20 per child, and each participant must be accompanied by an adult.
The triathlon gets started at noon, but all participants are asked to register starting at 9 am and participate in a mandatory pre-race meeting at 11 am.

Please visit www.emmc.org to register.