Start Your Triathlete at Paa-ko on July 7
Black Dog race will have mini-events for kids as young as 3!
78 youngsters competed last year in the Black Dog races held in Paa-ko in Sandia Park. More than 100 are expected to participate this year on July 7. Beginning with the youngest children, age 3 to 5, they will swim a lap, then hop on a tricycle or two-wheeled bike and petal for less than half a mile, then run for about a quarter mile. Children ages 6-10 will do 5 laps in the pool, bike 1.5 miles and do a 3/4 mile run. The next two age groups are children ages 11-13 and ages 14-17. Both groups will swim 11 laps, bike 3 miles and run for 1.5 miles. None of the races are timed and any child who finishes the race gets a medal. All participants get a T-shirt.
There will be food, children’s music, and activities like face painting and games. Families can hang out at the pool.
Registration costs $25 per child up to 7:30 a.m. the day of the event. The first race will start at 8 a.m. Michael Giudicissi, director of Endurance Obsession, said his group is offering to pay the entrance fees for the first five kids who contact him. Parents can email a request to [email protected] to enter their child for free. So far, no one has taken him up on his offer!
“We’d love to spend the money,” Michael said. “If we can just prompt that one kid to go ahead and do the race, you never know what will happen. …Whether they do one race or 101, we’d jut love to see them out there.”
For more information about the race or to get directions or to register online, go to www.chasing3.com/black-dog-kids-mini-tri.
Excerpted from The Albuquerque Journal, Thursday, June 21, 2012