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    Haddie Wierzbicki, 3, kept her lovely pink helmet on her head to finish her duathlon race. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Kyle Caie has been part of the Kids of Steel Triathlon since it first started, so it is no surprise he finished first in his heat. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Eric Jutras accompanies his daughter Addison as she completes her race. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Swimming can be one of the most daunting parts of a triathlon, but Kaylee Gigacz cuts through the water like a knife through butter. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Just because she has training wheels on her bicycle doesn’t mean Leighton Pattinson isn’t a ferocious duathlete. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    After a 5-km ride, Olivia Haley jumps off her cycle and rushes into the corral where she will begin the running portion of the event. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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Garrison Petawawa hosts annual Kids of Steel Triathlon/Duathlon

Community News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2016


On July 10, 140 children descended upon Dundonald Hall to test their mettle at the Kids of Steel Triathlon. Ranging in age and ability level, the athletes tackled up to 300 metres of swimming, 10 kilometres of biking and three kilometres of running. Thirty of the youngest were also given the chance to prove their athletic skills by participating in the duathlon, which was composed of a short stint of running and cycling around the track. This particular activity was reserved for kids between the ages of three and six. The entire event exceeded organizers’ expectations with its sheer number of participants and spectators. It was so popular that they had to turn prospective athletes away. Next year, the event organizers plan to up the cap to 150 triathletes; a number they feel is still manageable and family-friendly, but will allow more people to participate. For more information on the event, please visit petawawakos.wix.com.