Thursday, September 4, 2014

2014 Red, White and Bang Kids Triathlon

The same weekend I completed my first duathlon, my niece and nephew completed their first triathlon: Red, White & Bang in Lawrenceville.

The Red, White & Bang was started five years ago when Lawrence Township announced they would no longer fund the fireworks out of the town budget. This was the first fundraiser announced. Other fundraisers include nights at Captain Paul's, cans, selling glow sticks at the fireworks, and anything else they come up with. Through these efforts, they raise around $30,000 a year.
Last year, they opened the race up to Special Olympics NJ, which has their headquarters in Lawrenceville. This meant they could form teams, rather than having to do all three legs by themselves.

Swim at the Lawrenceville Swim Association, then 
Bike through Village Park, then
Run around Lawrenceville Elementary School
Total time will be recorded with no splits
6-9 years old:
50 meter swim, 2 mile bike, 0.75 mile run
10-12 years old:
100 meter swim, 2 mile bike, 1.5 mile run
13-16 years old:
200 meter swim, 2 mile bike, 1.5 mile run

As Aimee is part of Special Olympics, they were able to form a team. Swimming happened first:

Then Hayden took out his bike. The last time he biked he fell off and broke his arm, so a bike without pedals was provided to help him regain his confidence. Don biked alongside him offering encouragement.

Aimee and Hayden both did the last leg of the race -- which ended in a run up Craven Lane. I find this hill a challenge when I'm training.

We are very proud of our niece and nephew. May they keep on running and biking, and learn to swim.

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