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Chelsea Piers CT expands triathlon training programs to youth and junior athletes

By Chelsea Piers Connecticut (CPCT)

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Stamford, CT - Chelsea Piers Connecticut (CPCT) is excited to offer the FTE Kids Tri Camp, a triathlon training program for young athletes ages 6 – 16 years. Building on the success of its popular Full Throttle Endurance (FTE) adult triathlon program, the FTE Kids Tri Camp is specifically designed for children and teens and will feature a youth category for children ages 6 – 11 years, as well as a junior category for ages 12 – 16 years.

As one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, triathlon training is recognized for both the athletic benefits and sense of accomplishment that come with training for and finishing a race. Led by veteran triathletes and coaches of Chelsea Piers’ National Championship-winning Full Throttle triathlon racing team, Caitlin Drap and Scott Berlinger, the FTE Kids Tri Camp is designed to introduce young athletes to a number of key fundamentals of the sport including running form, endurance, swim stroke development, bike handling skills, race preparation, pacing and race safety.

As parents to young children themselves, both Drap and Berlinger recognize the beneficial role organized sports play in building character in young athletes and understand the importance of providing a positive learning environment for youth and junior-age players. Throughout the FTE Kids Tri Camp program, Drap and Berlinger will apply their years of both personal and professional experience coaching and developing the skills of the young campers, focusing on proper skill instruction while emphasizing enjoyment within competition.

The FTE Kids Tri Camp will run from July 13 – July 31 in one-week sessions. Registration is done on a week-by-week basis, and campers may register for one, two or all three weeks. At the conclusion of the last camp session, all participants are invited to put their newfound training skills to the test and compete in a multi-sport competition during the first week in August.

As coaches and members of the National Championship-winning Full Throttle Endurance (FTE) Triathlon Racing Team, Drap and Berlinger have trained and raced alongside some of the most talented triathletes in the country. Based out of the Chelsea Piers facilities in NYC and Stamford, FTE is a 10 year old team that is 175 athletes strong. The team has won the National title for several years running and most recently dominated and won the Stamford KIC Triathlon and took home their seventh consecutive Team Championship at the 2014 NYC Triathlon.

“Triathlon is a lifelong sport that focuses on a number of athletic skills children will use throughout their lives – biking, running and swimming. Learning these sports will help in the development of exercise habits that can form the foundation for a lifetime of healthy living,” commented Greta Wagner, Executive Director, Chelsea Piers Connecticut. “We are proud to add the FTE Kids Tri Camp to our extensive roster of summer sports camps for young athletes and look forward to introducing a new generation to the sport in a fun, safe environment.”

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