Today, youth triathlon is where it’s at as kids are to running to the sport at a swift rate.
USA Triathlon (USAT) has made youth development a priority as triathlon is currently the fastest growing sport in US Olympic Movement. The explosion of youth triathlon and the sport in general has picked up so much steam that it was recently approved by the NCAA to become a an emerging Division I sport for women, creating new opportunities within the Olympic pipeline for student-athletes. If all goes well, one would expect a Division I status for men will soon follow.
Over the last few years Youth Triathlon, categorized by kids ages 7-17, has taken off at an incredible pace. With the explosion in youth triathlon, Ridgewood Tri Athlete (RTA) decided to launch an Intro to Triathlon program for kids. The idea was to introduce the kids within the community to triathlon and a healthy life style in a fun and enticing way. The goal was to get 15 kids to sign up for the program, but that didn’t happen. Instead, RTA had over 50 kids register for their first Kids Triathlon Training Program – “Intro to Tri” – and it proved to be a HUGE success!
The success of the program should have come as no surprise as the landscape of youth triathlon continues to explode among our kids.