By Portia Williams
Kids in the local area had an opportunity to compete in swimming and cycling during the 2015 Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) Kids TRI For Your Life event held on Saturday, Aug. 22. Brad Zieber, manager of the Performance Training Program at SOMC, said Kids TRI for Life event brings families together, and gets them active.
“With the kids we did two different divisions, we did the junior division and a senior division based on their age, and then we did the top three of each age division, both male and female,” Zieber said. “It was a great opportunity for a lot of these kids that participated. Their parents also did it, so it is an opportunity to for both the parents and kids to train together. It is a great thing, where you watch your kids on Saturday, and you watch mom and dad on Sunday. So, it is just great for the entire family to get out and be active.”
Jim Culler, manager of the SOMC Life Center, said they are hopeful the Kids TRI for Life will impact the future of the youth participants.
“It is really important for our area to get kids active, get the moving,” Culler said. “Sedentary lifestyles are pretty prevalent in our area. So our goal is to capture the attention of these kids with this event, to offer exercise programs, and try to introduce them to wellness and fitness in general, and start them off at an early age, and then hopefully those traits and those habits will carry on into their adulthood.”
Results for the 2015 Senior and Junior Kids Triathlon may be viewed online at www.triregistration.com/ResultsListNew.php.
Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.