Put Play in Your Day! This weekend was the annual Healthy Kids Festival at the Princeton YMCA. This event is celebrated across the country at almost 2000 different YMCAs; as the largest health day for children and families, the YMCA Healthy Kids Day offers a multitude of fun activities, games, and demonstrations, helping families play together and learn about living a healthy, active life.
One of the highlights of the weekend– besides the visit from Darth Vader and his StormTroopers– was the second annual Strong Kids Triathlon, a swim-bike-run event for kids as young as three years old. It was quite the event, almost fifty kids signed up, and every single competitor managed to cross the finish line. [Some of the kids were befuddled by the idea of “breaking” the finish line tape: they ran around it, stepped over it, or dropped down to their hands and knees to crawl under it, lest they accidentally snap the ribbon!]
For the second year in a row, the US Rowing team volunteered at the race, serving as timers, course marshals, finish line photographers, traffic directors, transition-area managers, and of course, cheerleaders.
I was super stoked to see how many rowers showed up (8am on a Sunday morning — our rest day — couldn’t have been easy!), and even more psyched to see how much the kids loved them! These women couldn’t have been better role models; they were encouraging, upbeat, and fantastic examples of Healthy-Kids-All-Grown-Up. We all started our athletic careers as little kiddies racing around a playfield, so how perfect is it that we show up to cheer on these budding triathletes?