‘Abuzz with ac­tiv­ity’

Wind­sor Kids’ Triathlon pro­motes ac­tive life­styles from early on

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Af­ter last year’s can­cel­la­tion due to weather, par­tic­i­pants of the kids’ triathlon were happy to see the sun shin­ing on Aug. 12 as they swam, biked and sprinted to the fin­ish line.

Kevin Walsh, one of the main or­ga­niz­ers of the event, said they were a bit con­cerned about the added traf­fic from the ad­ja­cent farm­ers’ mar­ket, but he said their pres­ence ac­tu­ally added to the vi­brancy and ex­cite­ment of the event.

“A chal­lenge this year was the ad­di­tion of the Wind­sor Farm­ers’ Mar­ket in front of the com­mu­nity cen­tre,” Walsh said.

“Our main goal is to have a safe and fun race, so there was some con­cern with the ex­tra traf­fic that the mar­ket brings,” he said.

“I’m happy to re­port that the mar­ket ven­dors were very ac­com­mo­dat­ing, and I feel that their pres­ence only en­hanced the event. It’s al­ways nice see­ing the town abuzz with ac­tiv­ity.”

The ven­dors even pro­vided juice boxes for all par­tic­i­pants of the race, Walsh said.

The roughly 80 rac­ers, aged three to 16, made their around town on foot and on bike, in­clud­ing a swim at the Hants Aquatic Cen­tre, while 30-plus vol­un­teers helped put the whole thing to­gether.

For Walsh, the triathlon is a way to get young peo­ple en­thu­si­as­tic about fit­ness at a young age.

“The race al­lows them to do it in a safe, fun and non-com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment,” he said. “By en­cour­ag­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in sports to our youth, hope­fully we can help in­stil a life­time of mak­ing fit­ness part of their rou­tine. Who knows, maybe the next Simon Whit­field (a Cana­dian Olympic gold medal triath­lete who got his start in kids races) will hail from Wind­sor.”

Walsh’s favourite group of ath­letes to watch are the youngest, who burst into the wad­ing pool with aban­don and pedal their hard­est on tri­cy­cles.

He said they re­ceived a lot of sup­port from the Town of Wind­sor, in­clud­ing their recre­ation depart­ment staff and stu­dents, and event spon­sors, but were dis­ap­pointed to Kids were all smiles as they biked down Stan­nus Street.

see West Hants drop out of the event this year.

“For the first time we had no as­sis­tance from the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of West Hants, who typ­i­cally pro­vide a

cou­ple of their sum­mer staff,” Walsh said. “I find it sur­pris­ing when pol­i­tics en­ters into an event such as ours… that is a win-win for our com­mu­nity. Thanks to all of our vol­un­teers — we couldn’t do it with­out them.”

The ma­jor­ity of par­tic­i­pants come from Hants County and Hal­i­fax.

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Par­tic­i­pants of the 14th an­nual Wind­sor Kids’ Triathlon worked their hard­est — bik­ing, swim­ming and run­ning to­wards the fin­ish line on Aug. 12.

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Com­peti­tors set their own pace when par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 14th an­nual Wind­sor Kids’ Triathlon.

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About 80 youths aged three to 16 years com­peted Aug. 12 in a fun triathlon in Wind­sor.

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