Grandview is planning an event for youngsters that won't be a walk in the park.

The inaugural Tri the Heights youth triathlon will include swimming, biking and running components, just like its grown-up equivalent.

"It's going to be quite a challenge," Parks and Recreation Director Mike Patterson said.

The event will be held Sept. 1 and will begin with swimming at the municipal pool. Participants then will begin a bike race and finish by completing a running course.

"We'll have competitions for four age groups with various distances based on age," Patterson said.

Students ages 11-14 will get underway at 8:30 a.m. and will swim 200 yards, bike 3.8 miles and run 1 mile.

The remaining schedule and distances for swimming, biking and running are:

* 9:15 a.m. -- 9- and 10-year-olds swim 100 yards, bike 2.4 miles and run a half-mile.

* 10 a.m. -- 7- and 8-year-olds swim 50 yards, bike 2 miles and run four-tenths of a mile.

* 11 a.m. -- ages 6 and younger can splash in the pool, then bike and run a quarter-mile each.

The participants will transition to a course for the bike ride and run that will be closed to traffic and staffed by volunteers, Patterson said.

"For the older kids, the bike route will include having to go up the hill on Lincoln Road before they turn around," he said. "It will be a challenge going up the hill, but then you get to go back down coming back."

All the bike routes will begin on Goodale Boulevard; participants ages 11-14 will proceed to Cambridge Boulevard in Marble Cliff before turning around to head back to the starting line.

The running component will begin at Wyman Woods Park. For the oldest participants, the route will go around the park perimeter and on the sidewalk running along Goodale, with the turnaround at Goodale and Urlin Avenue. All runners will end the race in the park's open space.

"We're very excited to bring this terrific event to the community," said Steve McIntosh, a parks and recreation advisory board member.

"Mixed-sport athletic events challenge our kiddos to push themselves while having fun and inspiring self-confidence," he said. "I think parents will be surprised at how well their kids do on race day."

Creating a triathlon event made sense, given the level of youth participation in other events involving biking, swimming and running, Patterson said.

"We've seen a big increase in youth participation in the Pumpkin Run," he said. "Kids are not only taking part in the Tiny Tot Pumpkin Trot before the main event, but they're running with their parents or siblings in the main event."

The cost to register for the Tri the Heights Triathlon is $40 per person.

Registration must be made in advance at the city's website, grandviewheights.org.

A discount code is available for families registering more than three children.

More than 50 parents already have signed up to serve as volunteers, but more volunteers are needed for various roles, Patterson said.

Residents can register to volunteer at tinyurl.com/tritheheights.

Pathways Financial Credit Union will provide prizes for the top finishers in each age group, with a $100 savings account for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third, recreation supervisor Taylor Lindsey said.

Each participant will receive a T-shirt and a participation medal, she said.

"We'll have an after-race party with more activities and a bounce house at Wyman Woods," Lindsey said. "It's going to be an entire morning of fun."'

The event is being supported with a grant from the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation, Patterson said.

"We really didn't know what to expect with this event, but the response so far has been really good," he said.

"The triathlon will be a good way to help promote health and wellness for the kids in our community," Patterson said.

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