No experience is necessary to compete in the triathlon. In addition to water wings, participants may also use bikes with training wheels. The triathletes will first swim laps in the Lyon College pool; next, bike a loop around the campus; and lastly, run a route that includes the Lyon soccer field. Ages 5-6 will swim 25 yards, bike .5 miles, and run .25 miles; ages 7-9 will swim 50 Yards, bike 1 mile, and run .5 miles; ages 10-12 will swim 100 yards, bike 2 miles, and run .75 miles; and ages 13-16 will swim 150 yards, bike 3 miles, and run 1 mile.
A professional race timing team from Jonesboro will provide anklets for the triathletes to wear as they race. This technology enables the timing team to announce winners within minutes of the end of a heat. All finishers will receive a medal. First, second and third place medals will be given to top male and top female finishers in each age group.
The cost of the event is $20 per person. Participants must bring their own bikes and helmets. Packet pick up and day of registration begins at 7:30am. Racers have until 8:45 to set up their bikes, helmets, tennis shoes, and other necessary items in the transition area. The first heat will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. To pre-register, visit literacyindependence.org/kidstri or call 870-793-5912.
The swim leg of the race is sponsored by Fuller Bumpers, Attorney at Law. The bike leg sponsors are Lyon College and The Citizens Bank. Run leg sponsors are Weaver Family Medicine and First Community Bank. All participants will receive goody bags, and Modern Woodmen of America will be on hand for an iPod giveaway.
The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project, which serves Independence, Sharp and Fulton Counties, teaches adults who are learning to read and adults who are learning English. Based in Batesville, Arkansas, the Literacy Project is a United Way member agency and part of the Arkansas Literacy Councils network of adult literacy organizations. The Literacy Project relies on trained volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring for adult students who need help with their basic reading or English language skills.