August 27, 2006
Most kids enjoy sleeping in over the weekends, but not some local athletes. Over 100 children took part in the Charlottesville Youth Triathlon Sunday at Forest Lakes.
Over 130 kids biked, swam, and ran their way towards the gold Sunday morning at the 3rd Annual Charlottesville Youth Triathlon. Organizers said they were filled to capacity this year because of the eagerness of the kids.
"A lot of them are active and they like to challenge themselves. So they'll go 'Okay I think I can get on a bike. I think I can run.' So we like to see that it's active kids that are participating," said Jenn Corbey of the triathlon committee.
Some made it a family affair and enjoyed a little sibling rivalry. This was the second triathlon for the Hodge brothers, and their dad said say this opportunity helps the young athletes learn about different sports while having fun.
"It's fun. They really enjoy sports, and swimming is what they've done most, but I thought it was a good opportunity to do more than just swim," Alan Hodge said.
Because the event turns exercise into fun, some competitors are already looking toward next year.
"Me and my brother both came out here and we did it and we think we're coming back next year," 10-year-old Courtney Sigloh said.
The proceeds from the triathlon benefit the Charlottesville Obesity Task Force and the past two triathlons have generated over $3,500 for donating.