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Kids of Steel tested at Garrison Petawawa

By Sean Chase, The Daily Observer


GARRISON PETAWAWA – It was a perfect weather day as potentially future Olympians took to the streets and the water to test their endurance as competitors in the eighth annual Kids of Steel Triathlon last Sunday.

Anxious parents cheered on their sons and daughters as a record number 156 kids, ranging in ages from three to 17, launched from the start line at Dundonald Hall. Kids of Steel offers youngsters the opportunity to experience the sport of triathlon in a positive environment.

With shorter distances that grow progressively longer as young athletes age and mature, these races help foster a healthy and active lifestyle. It consists of a timed swim in the pool, a timed bike ride and a timed run, which does push the limits of participants, yet remains an achievable goal. Organizers were encouraged by the large turnout including 41 in the ages eight to nine category.

“We have some really competitive ones and then we have some out for fun, so it was the whole gambit,” said race director Kirsten Waymann. “It fosters physical fitness and a competitive spirit but the nice thing is that it can be what you want.”

Another 28 kids, ages three to five, were invited to participate in a duathlon, biking one lap of the Dundonald Hall track and then running 100 metres. Age group determines what the kids must do. Ages six to seven must swim 25 metres, bike 1.5 kilometres and run 500 metres. Eight to nine-year-olds will swim 40 metres, bike four kilometres and run one kilometre. Kids in the 10 to 11 category are challenged to swim 100 metre, cycle five kilometres and run 1.5 kilometres. Competitors aged 12-13 will swim 200 metres, cycle eight kilometres and run two kilometres. At age 14-15, the kids swim 300 metres, bike 10 kilometres and then run another three kilometres. The 16-17 age group swim for 300 metres, cycle 12.5 kilometres and run three kilometres.

This was the first triathlon for Peter Hutchinson, of Ottawa, who said he would have to work on his transitions if he does it again.

“I would probably tie my shoes up before and put my shirt on before my helmet,” he said.

For Katherine Hutchinson, this was a return to Kids of Steel in which she won her class last year. She likes the atmosphere at this particular event.

“Everyone is really encouraging,” said Katherine, who likes the uniqueness of the sport. “A certain kind of person does a triathlon.”

The top three competitors in all age categories, boys and girls, of the Petawawa Kids of Steel 2017 are as follows, with times in minutes and seconds:

In the age six-seven class, Calum Mason placed first overall with a time of 8:21. Rounding out the top boys were Quintin De Ruiter (9:45) and Coulter Tosh (10:05). The top female finisher was Norah Lynde, with a time of 11:39. She was followed by Kaleigh Fenton (11:53) and Clare Fitzgerald (13:06). In the age eight to nine class, Sean Dunn placed first overall with a time of 17:30. He was followed by Clark Mason (17:58) and Simon Castonguay (18:21). The top female finisher was Serena Shields, with a time of 18:05. She was followed by Samantha Richards (18:14) and Abigail Richards (18:15).

Andrew Richards placed first overall as top male in the age 10-11 class with a time of 21:59. He was followed by Noah Maggio (23:32) and Christopher Lavoie (24:49). The top female finisher was Maria Wheeler, with a time of 24:22. She was followed by Mackenzie Epp (25:38) and Elsie Tosh (26:07). Skye Crouzat placed first overall in the age 12-13 category with a time of 30:53. She was followed by Alaina Dunn (33:19) and Kate Keuninckx (34:14). The top male finisher was Daniel Epp, with a time of 32:54. He was followed by Jack Egan (34:46) and Jacob Mackenzie (40:44).

In the age 14-15 class, Meg Wheeler placed first overall, followed by Gabrielle Bouffard. The top male finisher was Ethan Caines, followed by Peter Hutchinson and William Egan. Remi Lavoie took first place in the age 16-17 class, followed by Katherine Hutchinson and Fiona Thomas.

For complete results, visit and look for Kids of Steel, Petawawa.


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