All races will take place within the park. The first wave will start at 8 am. Kids will not be on the roads with vehicular traffic and the course will be set up in a manner that parents can see their children several times . All participating athletes receive a FREE entry to Enchanted Forest-Water Safari that will be good for any day of the entire 2013 season!
TOUGHKids Races and Distances
4-6 year olds
Swim/Run: 20 yards, Bike: 200 yards, Run: 100 yards
7-8 and 9-10 Year Olds
Swim: 100 yards, Bike: 2 Miles, Run: .5 mile
11-12 and 13-14 Year Olds
Swim: 200 yards, Bike: 4 miles, Run: 1 mile
The 2013 race will open for registration on Feb 1.
Individual on Feb 1 Only: $25
Feb 1-June 1: $30
June 1-July 15: $35
July 15-19: $40
Entry fee includes
• athlete entry
• race T-shirt
• post-race refreshments
• swim cap
•FREE Enchanted Forest-Water Safari day pass
• timing chip rental with splits
USA Triathlon Competitive Rule 3.2a “Athletes compete in the
age group corresponding to their age on December 31 of the event year”
E.g. if the child is 10 years old on the day of the race, but turns 11
before Dec 31, then they will race in the 11-14 age group.
Packets may be picked up Fleet Feet Syracuse on Friday at 4-7:00 p.m as well as 6-7:30 am on Saturday at Delta Lake State Park.
6:00 am- transition opens
8:00am – 11-14 yr old race begins
9:00am – 7-10 yr old race begins
9:40am – 4-6yr old race begins
The awards ceremony for all five races will follow the completion of the final event.
All TOUGHKids series’ races will follow USAT Competitive Rules. Those include but are not limited to:
- Athletes will race according to their age as of December 31st that year
- No floatation devices of any kind are permitted during the swim
- Once transition closes only athletes and race officials my enter the area until the last participant has completed the bike and is on to the run course
- All athletes must wear a helmet approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission during the bike portion. No time trial or “aero” helmets allowed
- Helmets must be fastened before mounting the bicycle and remain fastened until the participant has completely dismounted; no AERO helmets are allowed.
- Aero bars, disk wheels and/or solid wheel cover are NOT permitted
- Cyclists must ride in safe manner, which includes riding in the right lane, keeping two bike lengths between the person in front of them, and passing on the left only
For a complete list of USA Triathlon’s Youth Rules please visit their site.
There are no refunds. If your child is unable to participate for whatever reason please contact us before July 15 to make arrangements.
Awards will be presented to the Top 3 Overall Boys AND Girls in each age group:
4-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14
• All-Star TOUGHKids (see below for more information)
Upon completion of one of the seven qualifying summer races, you will be notified by email that you have earned a slot to the elite wave at the TOUGHKids Championship Race in September if you finished in a top 3 position in your specific age. Invitations will be sent approximately 2 weeks after each race. You will be given a registration code to allow you to register in the event that the TOUGHKids race has sold out. If you have already registered for the Championship race and later receive a Champions Wave invite – please inform us immediately so that we can place you in the elite wave on our system.
There are no discounts provided. You will be placed in the “Champions Wave” and receive a different cap color than the rest of your age group. There is no obligation to use this qualifying slot, but note that the registration code is non-transferable. Invitations are the same for each event: 66 per event.
The slots will be divided per age group:
9 Boys / 9 Girls age 4-6
12 Boys / 12 Girls age 7-10
12 Boys / 12 Girls age 11-14.
TOUGHKids Championship Series
Supporting youth triathlons nation-wide, TOUGHKids is committed to kids in sports and the importance of developing skills and achievement to enhance their confidence and self-esteem.
In 2013 there were seven series race in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Indiana and a Championship race in September in Croton on the Hudson, NY.
At the Championship race, there will be a “Champions Wave” – an elite wave that leads each age-group pack by 3 minutes. This wave is by invitation only. The Championship race has open registration for the first 300 kids. Open registration means that your child will go off in the larger age group wave (not part of the “Champions Wave”). You therefore do not have to participate in the Championship series to race the TOUGHKids Triathlon – you can register directly as long as slots are still available. Once 300 slots have filled, the only way to race TOUGHKids is by qualifying in the top 3 of your age at one of the races in the series (e.g. if you are 11 years old you must be a top 3 finisher of all the 11 year olds in that race).
Qualified Slots – Prior TOUGHKids Winners
If you finished in first place in your specific age at last year’s 2012 TOUGHKids Championship Race you automatically qualify for a slot in this year’s TOUGHKids Championship Race’s “Champions Wave”. You will be notified by email by JAN 31 that you have earned a slot. Athletes will be given a different color cap from the rest of your age group to indicate you are in the elite “Champions Wave” and starting 3 minutes prior to the rest of your age group.
ALL Star TOUGH Kids
There’s one way you can receive an automatic qualifying spot to the Championship Race… Compete in three of the seven series races! We have created a unique award category and special prizes to kids competing in four TOUGHKids 2013 races. So regardless of what place you finish in any of the races, you will still be placed in the Champions Wave and brought up on stage at the Championship Race in Croton, and will be recognized as an All-Star Tough Kid!