A free clinic will be held this Saturday for aspiring triathletes who want to learn how to better compete in the multi-discipline sport — or just finish their first triathlon.
The clinic, which will be held June 1 at 9 a.m. at the Pratt Aquatic Center, is sponsored by Tooele City and the Live Fit Tooele County Coalition. The city is sponsoring two different triathlons for the Fourth of July. The clinic is for triathletes of all ages and abilities.
Terra Sherwood, youth service coordinator for Tooele City, has organized both triathlons and the clinic. She said the clinic will include information on transitions, pacing, mistakes to avoid, swim drills and more. Those who plan to participate in the swim drills should wear a swimsuit.
Residents Jim Haggart and Heather George, who are both experienced triathletes, will lead the clinic and answer attendees’ questions.
“Because the triathlon is new, a lot of people have questions because they haven’t ever done a triathlon before, so we put this training together,” Sherwood said. “We’ll be going over lots of stuff. A lot of people are afraid of the swimming part, so Jim and Heather will help them come up with ways they can train to be more confident.”
The city’s two triathlons will be held at the end of June. A kid’s triathlon will be held June 28 at 6 p.m. at the Tooele City Pool Park for kids 12 and younger. There will be three different age groups: 11 and 12 year olds, 9 and 10 year olds, and 8 and younger.
The registration fee is $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child in the same family. Registration is due by June 14.
Sherwood said the kids’ triathlon will include swimming 150 yards for 11 and 12 year olds; 100 yards for 9 and 10 year olds; and 50 yards for kids 8 and younger. All of the kids will then bike a 5K and run .7 miles.
“We want kids to feel comfortable with it, so we will allow kids to wear life jackets [during the swimming portion] if they need to,” she said. “We’re just really excited for the opportunity for kids to get out and have fun. The kids will all get medals for participation, and trophies will be given to the top finishers in each age group.”
The other race, the sprint triathlon, will take place the next morning on June 29 at 7 a.m. at Tooele City Pool Park. The registration fee is $25. Participants can register until the day of the event, but if they want a T-shirt, they must register by June 7.
The race will feature a 5K run, 10-mile bike ride and a 400-yard swim. The age groups are 19 and younger, 20 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 49 and 50 and older.
“Any age can participate as long as they can finish the race,” said Sherwood. “There will be awards in each age group and between females and males. There will be medals for age group winners and trophies for the overall winners for first, second and third place for men and women.”
Sherwood said although this is the first time Tooele City has ever sponsored triathlons, the races have already garnered a lot of interest. She hopes to make the event an annual one.
“I really want this first year to be a success so we can do it again,” she said. “It’s good to be out and be active and it’s good for all of us to set goals. I really hope we’re able to continue to do it.”
Sherwood said the city’s goal in hosting the triathlons is to get people out with their families in a fun and active way.
“We just wanted to do something that would get people out and be active and have fun,” she said. “My son has done a triathlon before, and it’s a great family thing to do. We worked on it together and it got us out as a family because he needed the practice riding his bike, running and swimming.”
For more information on the clinic, or to register for the triathlons, call Tooele City Parks and Recreation at 435-843-2142 or visit www.tooelecity.org.