Anticipation is building for the Stamford KIC IT Triathlon weekend, slated to take place the last weekend of June. The weekend of family fun – which includes the third annual Kids Triathlon on Saturday, June 29 and the sixth annual Stamford KIC IT Triathlon and Family Festival on Sunday, June 30 – has become a highlight of the summer for locals and visitors alike. Both the Stamford KIC IT Triathlon and the Stamford KIC IT Kids Triathlon raise awareness and funds for Kids in Crisis, a free emergency shelter and 24-hour crisis counseling center for Fairfield County children and families.
Registration for the Stamford KIC IT Triathlon has taken off with a bang, recording the highest opening day registration in the history of the race.
“The Stamford KIC IT Triathlon weekend has become a well-loved tradition for families throughout Fairfield County and beyond,” said Jon Stellwagen, Race Director. “Last year was the first year that the Stamford KIC IT Triathlon sold out, and given the current rate of registration, I anticipate that the race will sell out again. We are very excited about the popularity of the Kids Triathlon and look forward to a fun race for the youngest triathletes.”
New for this year is an expanded Kids Triathlon, to be held again at Cove Beach in Stamford. Due to great demand for entry into the June 29th event, a race wave for 6 and 7 year olds has been added to the race schedule. Children will participate in three distinct waves, going off at 7:30 a.m.: ages 6 and 7 will complete a 50 meter swim, 0.8 mile bike course and half mile run; ages 7 to 10 will complete a 50 meter swim, 2.5 mile bike course and half mile run; and ages 11 to 13 will complete a 150 meter swim, 4 mile bike course and 1 mile run. The Kids Triathlon is a great opportunity for children to participate in an enjoyable athletic event that promotes a healthy lifestyle, provides a chance to meet new friends and builds self-confidence. The event is perfect for experienced racers and first time triathletes alike, and prizes will be given to top age group winners. All children will receive a custom medal when they cross the finish line.
The very next morning, the Stamford KIC IT Triathlon takes center stage. Starting at 6:30 a.m. with a .9 mile swim at Cummings Beach in Long Island Sound, the Olympic-distance race then winds its way through Stamford as athletes next tackle a 24.8 mile bike ride through downtown and North Stamford, and then finish with a 6.2 mile run back through Stamford’s business district. This year’s course will have some significant modifications to even better highlight the City and athletes will not be disappointed; stay tuned to www.kicittriathlon.com for the latest developments!
The ever popular Family Festival will take place in the finish line area. Free and open to the public, the carnival will feature live music, food, a giant bouncy obstacle house, caricatures, face painting, carnival games and more. The fun and games start at 9:00 a.m. and go until noon.
Funds raised from the weekend’s event will benefit the emergency shelter and community programs offered by Kids in Crisis. “The support shown by the athletes and community through the Stamford KIC IT Triathlon weekend has been tremendous throughout the years, and we are looking forward to another year of fitness, philanthropy and fun,” says Shari Shapiro, Executive Director of Kids in Crisis, and a resident of Stamford. “We are grateful to all who participate and we look forward to cheering for you as you cross the finish line. Through your support, Kids in Crisis is able to raise critical funds for Fairfield County families and children in need.”
The Stamford KIC IT Triathlon was created in 2008 to support the services offered by Kids in Crisis. Since its introduction, the Stamford KIC IT Triathlon has grown into an outstanding athletic event attracting competitors from across the country, while maintaining a special focus on offering a fun family experience. The success of the Stamford KIC IT Triathlon has been made possible by great support from area businesses, individuals, and City government. More than 30 members of the community – residents, business owners, athletes and corporate executives collaborate throughout the year to produce this noteworthy event. For more information and to register, visit www.kicittriathlon.com.
Kids in Crisis (www.kidsincrisis.org) is Connecticut’s only free, round-the-clock agency providing emergency shelter, crisis counseling and community educational programs for children of all ages and families dealing with a wide range of crises – domestic violence, mental health and family problems, substance abuse, economic difficulties and more. Since its founding in 1978, Kids in Crisis has helped more than 112,000 Connecticut children and families; in 2012, 5,913 children and families received assistance from the organization.