TAMPA, FL – On Saturday, April 22, the fifth annual Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon (TBKT), one of the area’s elite youth events, was held at Busch Gardens’ premier water park, Adventure Island. Presented by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC) and produced by the Event Development Institute (EDI), hundreds of youth athletes successfully competed in the U.S. Triathlon sanctioned event.
“Thanks to our great partners at Busch Gardens and Adventure Island we were once again able to grow this incredible event, while maintaining its reputation as one of the most fun and unique kid’s triathlons in the country,” said TBKT Event Manager, Jenna Grooms. “It's an incredibly rewarding moment to watch the participants cross the finish line, receive their medals and create a lifetime of memories."
Over 300 athletes had the unique opportunity to swim down the Rambling Bayou, skirt the perimeter of Busch Gardens on the bike course, and make their final push across the finish line after trekking across Adventure Island property, where they were welcomed by a boisterous crowd of anxious parents and fans.
Busch Gardens/Adventure Island again delivered with their unique pre and post-race entertainment, amusing onlookers and participants with up-close encounters with theme park wildlife and stilt walkers. Also, all participants were given the opportunity to ‘Stay & Play’ at Adventure Island Waterpark as part of their pre-registration packet.
To close out the event, Charlie Mennes was randomly selected as the winner of a new Specialized Youth Bike, courtesy of Cycle Sports Concepts Tampa.
Click here for complete triathlon results.
Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon partners include: Busch Gardens/Adventure Island,, Under Armour,, Cycle Sports Concepts,, Levy Marketing & Awards, Fast Lane Clothing Company, Go-Go Squeeze, Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine as well as each of the EDI partners. Without their constant support, area events like the Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon would not be possible.
Click here for event photos, as well as a highlight video.
2018 Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon details will be made available over the coming weeks.