The second annual triathlon clinic for youth is announced for June 14, 2014. In conjunction with the Ironman Boulder 70.3 race, this clinic is for youth from 8-18 who want to test out triathlon or gain more experience.
The course set up will use the Ironman Boulder 70.3 staging area at Boulder Reservoir the day before that race, so that youth can get a real feel for what a big race is like. Logistics, coaches and volunteers come along as a program of Kids That Tri www.kidsthattri.org , a non-profit organization that encourages youth to participate in triathlon.
Russell Herbert, who is also the mentor program coordinator for the Boulder Triathlon Club http://www.bouldertriclub.com/ , spearheads the effort. Herbert came up through the junior triathlon development program in the United Kingdom and wants to start a similar effort here. “The junior development program was a big influence in my childhood. Boulder seems like a great place to start a program like that so that kids here can have the opportunity to see what their parents are always doing,” Herbert says. “The Boulder Triathlon Club’s mentor program is growing quickly, matching newer triathletes with seasoned ones to help them on their learning curve. Having a special program just for youth makes a lot of sense.”
The June 14 clinic will feature instruction about how to do a triathlon, from transition area set up through the swim course, transitions, bike course and run leg. There will be a draft-legal clinic also for future Olympic hopefuls.
More information will be coming soon.