WAUSAU — The Woodson YMCA has dropped the minimum age for its Aug. 4 mini triathlon to age 12, from 16.
“We decided to lower the minimum age to 12 for the Mini-Tri this year to encourage a love of exercise and fitness among adolescents and teenagers,” said race coordinator Melissa
Hoffman in a YMCA news release. “There aren’t a lot of opportunities for that age group to really buckle down and train for an event and then see all their hard work pay off at such a fun event.
“We realized there was no reason why they couldn’t compete.”
Kate Neumueller, a Wausau West sophomore who is recovering from a leg fracture, will compete in the Mini-Tri, which includes a 200-yard swim, 9.2-mile bike ride and a 2-mile run at Sunny Vale Park, according to the news release.
Neumueller’s mother, Becky Neumueller, 48, a physical therapist at Marshfield Clinic, will enter the event’s long course, a 1,000-yard swim, 27-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run.
Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age category. Finisher medals will be provided. Entry fee is $55 to enter the individual Short or Long Course, $40 for the Mini-Tri or $95 to enter the Short or Long Relay, before July 16. T-shirt, chip timing, post-race lunch and sports massage are included. Sign up for any course at the Woodson YMCA or online at active.com.
Contact race director Melissa Hoffman at 715-841-1830 for any other questions about the triathlon.