Kinsale Kidathlon

Kinsale Kidathlon

Happiness is…. Finishing your first triathlon!

I dare you to argue this point while at the finish line, looking at the faces of very Junior athletes at the annual Kinsale Kidathlon held each year on the last weekend in July.

200 Mini competitors togged out for the event without a second thought about the wind and the rain that greeted them when they woke up that morning. By the time the race brief started, the wind had dropped and the sun was coming out and everybody was getting very excited. 

The atmosphere at the race brief was relaxed with KTC members giving a run through of exactly what was expected of each competitor much to the delight of the attentive athletes and even more attentive and nervous parents.

With all the wonderful marshals in place the first wave of competitors took to the beach for the starter whistle. Each year, there is no better image than 30-40 triathletes in age group 6-7yrs lined up on the beach in full race mode, with the other eagerly awaiting 160 athletes watching on. It is at that moment that all the hard work and effort finally pays off.

Race distances increased as the age groups progressed with each competitor receiving a medal, goodie bag, water and some cake that aided recovery.

Congratulations to each competitor. You are now a Triathlete!