What is Kids of Steel®?
Are you between the ages of 7 to 16?
Can you swim, ride a bike and enjoy to run?
Then, a Kids of Steel Triathlon may be for you!
Kids of Steel triathlons are designed to offer kids and young adults the opportunity to experience the sport of triathlon in a positive environment. The distances are much shorter than those in adult triathlons, and change as participants mature. Most kids are fit enough to finish a KOS triathlon successfully and have fun at the same time.
Kids of Steel races offer families a chance to travel within their own province. The kids develop some great friendships and have a lot of fun in the process. The sport of triathlon offers a healthy lifestyle for families, lots of fresh air and activity. Many KOS races are held together with an adult race and so the entire family can be involved.
All KOS races are run by individual race directors through out the province. At Saskatchewan Kids of Steel triathlons, you will find that the kids may receive a race t-shirt, draw prizes, medals, and lots of food.
MAXIMUM KOS® Race Distances:
|7 & under
The cornerstone of any Kids of Steel® triathlon is the application of the rules and principles of our Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model for triathlon. This model aims to apply sound principles to ensure for the proper development of youth participating in triathlon. One aspect of this is the allowable race distances for KOS® events.
This chart outlines the MAXIMUM values for the respective distances in each age group. Because they are maximum values we encourage our event organizers to consider what is right for your group? As a race director, you may determine your event should have even shorter distances.
2015 will be our seventh season for the Kids of Steel Youth Triathlon Race Series.
This series of kids triathlons is geared towards children between the ages of 6 and 15 with a goal to introduce young people to the sport of triathlon in a fun, non-competitive, and safe manner.
"Tri" out a Kids of Steel triathlon this season.
Click here to go to the TriCanada website for more information
Full 2015Race Series Dates and Locations (events may be added):
(1) May 24, 2015: KOS Icebreaker, Regina. Online Registration: www.reginamultisport.com.
(2) June 13th, 2015: Brainsport KOS Triathlon. Visit the Saskatoon Triathlon Club for more information
(3) June 19th, 2015: Dundurn School KOS Triathlon, Blackstrap Lake
(4) July 12th 2015: Y-Kids-Tri, Regina. Online Registration: www.reginamultisport.com.
The Regina Multisport Club Youth Team was created in 2010 to provide youth in ages 7 to 18 the opportunity to participate in organized instruction and training sessions for multisport activities (i.e. swim, cycle, and run). The three disciplines together create a great cross-training opportunity to provide an overall fitness routine while helping to reduce injuries from repetitive strain when focused on one sport. This is a benefit regardless of the age of the participant - including adults (this means you, parents).
At a high level, there are two youth age bands:
- Ages 7 - 11 (Introduction and Fundamental): As promoted by Triathlon Canada and developed by the Canadian Long Term Athlete Development model, this age band is provided activities to introduce the youth to physical activity through a fun, engaging, low-competitive environment. The program is not intended to be training-intensive - it's more about exploring the different sport activities and becoming fit. For those interested, it also offers skill improvements to boost personal confidence and achievements when participating in youth events like the Kids Of Steel series of triathlons.
- Ages 12 - 18 (Recreational and Competitive): This age band offers two streams within the Youth Team; recreational and competitive. The recreational stream is a continuation of the age 7 - 11 goals; to provide an opportunity for physical fitness and personal skill improvement. The competitive stream is for youth that have goals of achieving leading results at local, provincial, and national multisport events.
All program participants would become Saskatchewan Triathlon Association Corporation (STAC) members - which provides insurance for these activities in addition to allowing the participants to take part in a provincial multisport event (like Kids of Steel, Youth, or Junior Elite triathlons).
Qualified instructors and coaches have had training from Triathlon Canada and other sports to enable them to teach proper swim, cycle and run techniques.
Link to the Regina Multisport Club page here for further information.