Preparing for a triathlon takes a lot of hard work, but when you have a chance to train with family, things can be more fun.
One triathlon that sees a lot of families come out in large numbers is the 20th Annual Tri in the Pines in Show Low, Arizona.
“We will have four or five people in the same family participate,” said Terri Wade, sports coordinator for the City of Show Low.
The triathlon has an adult and youth race Saturday, August 8th that begins at the Show Low Family Aquatic Center.
“It’s a sprint triathlon and it’s good for high altitude training,” Wade said.
Wade, who has organized the Tri in the Pines for the last 10 years, said this USAT sanctioned sprint event is also a great race for those adults doing their first triathlon.
“A lot of [participants} are from the Phoenix and Tucson area,” Wade said. “We do however see people come from New Mexico and Michigan in the past couple of years.”
Wade said more than 100 adults already registered will be challenged to swim 625 yards at the aquatic center, bike ride 12.3 miles through the town’s streets and wrap up the triathlon by running 3.5 miles in the city park.
The kids race starts shortly after the adults take off with them swimming 175 yards, riding a bike for 4 miles and then running 1.3 miles.
“We usually have 30 to 40 kids that will participate, but those numbers tend to grow every year,” Wade said.
When everyone crosses the finish line, they can enjoy eating food, music, horseshoes and playing a game of corn hole.
There will also be an awards ceremony.
So why should people doing their first triathlon check out the Tri in the Pines this weekend?
“It’s beautiful up her and the weather is cooler,” Wade said. “It’s also a triathlon that is shorter in distance then a regular one.”
Wade said people can still sign up, but there is a limited amount of spots in the adult and youth races. For more information visit www.showlowaz.gov.