ABOUT THE EVENT
The Nashville Kids Triathlon will be held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds directly off I65 just south of downtown Nashville. This venue provides tons of free parking, a very safe course (without any big hills) and a finish line on the actual racetrack. The center of all the action will be the infield of the actual raceway.
Course map coming soon
One of the big benefits of our partnership with the Tennessee State Fairgrounds is the ample parking at their facility. This will allow participants and spectators to come and go as they please without having to worry about closed roads and access issues.
Hotels & Travel
We are working to finalize a host hotel for our event. Please check back for an update soon.
It is not by coincidence that the Nashville Kids Triathlon has become one of the Top 10 kids triathlons in the United States over the past 5 years. In fact, it is largely due to the incredible efforts of a team of volunteers. These folks form the Organizing Committee for this wonderful event, and they work tirelessly to ensure everything comes together to create an amazing experience for the participants, sponsors and spectators. Their goal is to make each year a little better than the last.
Please join us in recognizing and thanking these community leaders of the 2015 event:
- Shelda Moll (Kids Triathlon, Inc.)
- Charlene Alcorn (HEAT Triathlon Club)
- Jennifer Gentry (Certified Youth Triathlon Coach)
- Almon Gunter (Coach, Author and Motivational Speaker)
- Chris Reese (Kids Triathlon, Inc.)
- Teresa Birdsong (Nashville Parent)
The first triathlon was on September 24, 1974 in San Diego, CA. In 2000, triathlon became an Official Olympic Sport for the first time as part of the Sydney Olympics. Since then, it has been recognized as one of the fastest growing sports in the world. And, kids triathlons have been an important part of this trend.
In 2009, Kids Triathlon (a 501(c)3 entity) helped organize its first triathlon for kids in Jacksonville, FL. Nearly 500 youth (ages 5 to 15) participated, making it the largest first-time kids triathlon ever held. The First Coast Kids Triathlon continued to grow over the next 3 years to more than 1,700 participants in 2011. At this point, the race became the largest kids triathlon in the USA.
This success attracted the attention of USATriathlon (the governing body of the sport in the US under the auspices of the US Olympic Committee); the NFL PLAY60 Initiative; and the YMCA. Together, these organizations pooled resources to expand the event into Nashville, TN in 2011. Over the ensuing four years, the Nashville Kids Triathlon has grown into one of the Top 10 kids triathlons in the United States with more than 1,000 participants.
What these kids accomplish is nothing short of amazing. If you would like to learn more about how you can help tell their stories, please reach out to us. Media credentials are available for race weekend as well as for what kids are doing to prepare for the big race. Please utilize the information below to reach out to us, and we will do everything possible to help.
Tom Gildersleeve, Event Director
Kids Triathlon, Inc.
Phone: (904) 610 - 9921
Awards & Results
The Nashville Kids Triathlon is all about giving kids the opportunity to accomplish something less than 1% of all kids will ever do. In this spirit, every finisher is recognized with a custom medal and free ice cream. All participants also receive a cool t-shirt along with a Race Goody Bag filled with neat stuff.
At the same time, we make a significant investment in timing each event just like it is a professional race. Every participant wears an RFID timing chip on their ankle during the race, and receives 6 separate times. At the end of the race, each athlete will know their swim; T1 (transition from swim to bike); bike; T2 (transition from bike to run); run; and total times.
With this timing information in hand, we recognize the fastest triathletes at every age level, boys and girls, with trophies. Specifically, the top 3 finishers at each age (6, 7, 8, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15) are recognized in a post-race ceremony. More importantly, every participant is able to compare all 6 of their times with other competitors, and they can set goals to improve over the next 12 months.
Official Race Results
Our course is designed to be spectator friendly, and we encourage you to take as many photos as possible. In doing this, we have only two requests.
- Please stay off the race course, and
- Please be respectful of all athletes.
We want you to get great photos, but it is not fair if you end up in the way of another athlete. And, if you would prefer not to have to worry about viewing the entire event through a camera, we will have professional photographers on-site to capture all of the action. Please check back to this page as we get closer to race weekend for all related information and a link to their website.