I am always happy when childrens' sporting events are well organized and there is a spirit of acceptance and encouragement present. The Red Hills Kids Triathlon sponsored by Rowe Roofing, Inc. is a wonderful example. It even made the news! Video here. I love the atmosphere of everyone cheering on all the kids and any fitness level kid being able to complete the race even if they need assistance. Jonah needed assistance in the water last year, but he was still able to race, and that set him up for this year's goal of swimming by himself. And he DID IT! WOW!! A little help from "coach" Tim Batey went a long way for Jonah. Thanks Tim!
Here are some pictures:
|before the race with daddy|
|before the race with mommy|
|marching over to the pool lane with Andrew, an old buddy|
with whom Jonah happily shared!
|Shannon McNees talking to the boys before the swim. |
Thank you Shannon for introducing Jonah to triathlon!
|Jonah on the left and Andrew on the right about to swim|
|Jonah head-down in his good form, which he held for|
at least a little while
|Victorious over that swim, Jonah runs to the transition |
area to jump on his bike
|And he's off! This is the "easy" part he says.|
|Oh yeah, biking over and he is smiling that|
this run is his last leg (and he's not pooped yet)
|Here's our buddy Lily running toward the finish line! She|
looks like a gazelle with those long legs!
|Had to add my friend Jenn and daughter Lily after the|
finish line. Is that a proud momma or what?
|Jonah and Lily High-Five, the training partners|
have completed their race!
|Cole Batey, Jonah, and Lily Batey |
serious racing over, silly time begins.
|And in the end, for Jonah, its really all about the free |
doughnuts and soda they give you after the race along
with some hanging out time.