Greater Tulsa Reporter
Nearly 34% of Oklahoma youth are overweight or obese. Extra weight during the early years can lead to long-term health complications and have a negative impact on quality of life. While we know activity is key in staying healthy, many schools no longer require daily physical education and our growing use of computers, televisions, smart phones and tablets has created a sedentary nation.
On Saturday, August 18, the Owasso YMCA will partner with the Bailey Medical Center PLAY Program to host the Bailey Medical Center Strong Kids Triathlon. The triathlon has been specially designed for students ages 5 to 15 and event organizers hope it will inspire kids to participate in new activities and connect fitness with fun.
The triathlon will include a 100-yard swim at the Owasso YMCA followed be a three mile bike ride and one mile run. The transition area will open at 6:30 and the first heat of swimmers will begin the event at 8:00 am. Participants should bring their own bicycle and helmet for the bike ride portion of the event. The triathlon will conclude with an awards ceremony at the YMCA. All participants will receive a medal for participation and trophies will be awarded to the top finishers in each age group.
Participants are encouraged to pre-register online at www.bmckids.com or register at the Owasso YMCA. The cost to register before Thursday, August 15 is $30. On or after August 15, the registration price increases to $35. If you have more than one child participating, a $5 per child discount will be applied. The first 100 participants registered will receive a tech shirt with their registration fee and all remaining proceeds will benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, which provides discounts to YMCA clubs, camps and programs for underprivileged youth.
“The Bailey Medical Center PLAY Program is proud to help the YMCA bring a kids’ triathlon to Owasso,” said David Steward, PLAY Program Director. “The goal of our program is to offer parents and youth in our community with opportunities to participate in activities while learning how to create healthier families for a healthier community. I think the triathlon is a great way to introduce a fun and different experience for students in the area.”
Triathlon participants do not need to be members of the Owasso YMCA or residents of Owasso to participate. Parents are asked to attend a parent meeting at the YMCA on Friday, August 16 at 6:00 pm. The Owasso YMCA is also open to all registered participants for triathlon clinics on both Friday, August 2 and 9 at 6:00 pm.
To learn more, or to register, please visit www.bmckids.com or call the Owasso YMCA at 918-272-9622.