Last Sunday morning, 60 young athletes ran and cycled around Altoona Lagoon Park, in the St. Croix Kids’ Duathlon. The Virgin Islands Triathlon Federation and the Rotary Club of St. Croix sponsored the race, part of the Kids Tri Vi race series. Rotarians were manning the registration and refreshment tables, and they were busy at the intersections and along the race route, directing the children and warning motorists of the race. A few Rotarians rode their bikes along with the children keeping an eye on them. Carl Christensen, of Mid Isle Rotarian, said the race is a tremendous opportunity for the children, and it adds to the Rotary’s list of service to children.
Scott Fricks, president of the federation, said the race teaches children how to do a triathlon, so in the future they will know how to do it properly. “Hopefully they will make it a lifetime sport,” Fricks added. “The races get the whole family involved.
Fricks said the turnout was the biggest they have had on St. Croix. Theresa Harper, secretary of the federation, said 24 first-timers toed the line in the run/bike/run event, including competitors from 11 different schools.
The Rotary Club hosted the event and provided raffle prizes, refreshments and support to the racers, in addition, the Department of Tourism provided water bottles/bags and Cheeseburgers In Paradise and Champs gave gift certificates.