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FirstHealth Youth Triathlon Offers Prep Clinics

| Date Posted: 4/23/2012

PINEHURST – The FirstHealth Center for Health & Fitness-Pinehurst will hold its fifth annual Youth Triathlon on Saturday, May 19, with four races featured for kids. 

To prepare for the event, the staff at the Center will host a series of clinics.  A swim clinic will be held on Friday, April 27; a bike clinic will be held on Friday, May 4; and a run/transition clinic will be held on Friday, May 11.  All clinics begin at 4:30 p.m.  The clinics are for children ages 4 to 12 years old, and the cost is $5 per clinic per child. 

Registration is required for each clinic. To register, call (910) 715-1800.

The triathlon will feature four age- and distance-appropriate events.  Starting at 12:15 p.m., children ages 4 to 6 will take part in a 25-yard swim, .78-mile bike ride and 210-yard run.

The second race will start at 1 p.m. for ages 6 to 7, and the third race begins at 2 p.m. for ages 7 to 9. Participants in these races will swim 50 yards, bike 2.05 miles and run 404 yards. 

Finally, at 3 p.m., the 10- to 12-year age group will start the most challenging of the events with a 125-yard swim, 3.71-mile bike ride and .47-mile run. 

For all events, participants will have an indoor pool swim, closed bike course and a greenway trail run. 

The cost for the Triathlon is $25 per child.  A late registration of $30 is required if paid after May 11.  There will be no race day registration.

You can register at the FirstHealth Center for Health & Fitness-Pinehurst or go to and download a registration form to mail in.

Course maps are also available at the website.  All participants will receive a T-shirt, backpack and finisher’s medal.  Awards will be given to the first-place boy and girl in each race.  Ribbons will be awarded to the second- and third-place boy and girl in each race.

Packet pick-up and late registration will be held at the Center for Health & Fitness-Pinehurst from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 18.  Packet pick-up will also be available at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 19.  Please check in one hour prior to race start.

All participants must furnish their own equipment including a swimsuit, towel, bike, bike helmet (required), running shoes and T-shirt. 

A Parent’s Information Night will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, at the FirstHealth Center for Health & Fitness- Pinehurst.

Event sponsors are Aberdeen Coca-Cola; Benjamin Franklin Plumbing; Rainbow Cycles; Elliott’s on Linden; Rick Saunders, DDS, M.S.; and Carolina Coins & Gold.  

For more information, please contact Jodi Heimrich, race director, at (910) 715-1843 or e-mail

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