Thanyapura, Phuket’s unrivalled elite sports campus for all, will host Phuket’s first IronKids Triathlon event at Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club (TSLC) on 23 April 2011. TLSC has officially partnered with World Triathlon Corporation’s (WTC) global youth programme, IronKids, for this event.
In combination with the 2011 opening of Thanyapura, April’s inaugural IronKids will further solidify Competitors aged six to 15 years old from all over Asia will compete on April 23.
Phuket’s growing global reputation for major triathlons, marathons and Ironman. Record-breaking eight-time Ironman winner Jürgen Zäck will coach participants in Phuket for the IronKids Triathalon event.
“Anyone making it to the finish line can call themselves an Ironman. It is the same spirit for the adults as for the kids,” said the Ironman record breaker who has joined Thanyapura as an elite trainer for members as well as to coach Thanyapura’s local and international visitors of all ages and athletic abilities in triathlon training.
“The idea of IronKids Triathlon is not to win but to give kids a sense of achievement at their own fitness levels. They don’t have to be athletic to participate. It is about taking part,” said TSLC Representative and IronKids Race Director Claire Ratcliffe. “Everyone aged six to fifteen is encouraged to participate in IronKids Triathlons.”
For Phuket’s first IronKids Triathlon, young sports enthusiasts from Malaysia, Singapore, Bangkok and Phuket have already registered. Following the April event, IronKids Triathlon will next take place in Phuket at Thanyapura on December 3rd.
IronKids will compete across TSLC’s world-class facilities including the 50-metre Olympic-standard swimming pool, the surrounding roads and a newly laid athletic track. To take full advantage of the cool morning air, events will start at 7am on the sprawling 23-hectare grounds of TSLC.
IronKids participants are divided into Junior [6-8 years], Intermediate [9-11] and Senior [12-15]. Juniors will undertake a 50m swim, three km bike ride and 500m run. Those in the Intermediate group compete in a 150m swim, six km bike ride and 1.5km run while Seniors participate in a 300m swim, 12km bike ride and three km run.
Two aid stations will be posted at the bike and run transitions, with a sponge station at the end. TLSC will also have receptacles for water bottles and other recyclable materials. Also, a Toy Drop will be conveniently placed for the children who participate and their parents to contribute old or unwanted toys to be distributed locally.
IronKids prides itself of being a community endeavour. Participating families are encouraged to sign up alongside the children of their local friends or staff members as well. TSLC will identify children from local schools eager to participate but who may not have the resources to do so. The Phuket Sports Authority will also help with this community effort.
The top three finishers in each age division will receive a trophy. Every child will receive a complimentary pack comprising a T-shirt, race bib, bike water bottle, swim cap, and finishers medal.
Cost per individual entrant is THB750 or THB500 per person for teams of three or more entering the race.