The Hendersonville Endurance Athletic Team (HEAT) held the 15th annual Kids Triathlon at the Sumner County Family YMCA on a foggy Saturday morning, Aug. 3. The swim, bike and run event drew over 150 competitors, ranging from ages 6 to 15. The competition also included several entrants supported by Able Youth, a Nashville-based organization dedicated to helping children who use wheelchairs achieve their goals through athletics.
Prior to the triathlon, the competitors were classified into one of two age-based divisions, “Junior” and “Senior.” The Junior division consisted of children ages 6 through 10 while older children (ages 11 through 15) competed in the Senior division. The event distances varied by division, with the Junior division having three legs consisting of a 50-yard pool swim, a 2-mile bike ride and a 1-mile run. The Senior division distances included a 100-yard pool swim, a 2.4-mile bike ride and a 2-mile run. All swim legs were held in the YMCA’s outdoor pool while the bike and run legs were held on an adjacent parking lot and neighboring residential streets.
At the conclusion of the triathlon, awards were given to the top three finishers in each division to both male and female winners. Age group awards were also given out to male and female finishers. The overall division winners were awarded as follows:
In the Senior female division, Sara Mathis took first 1st place in her group as well as 1st place overall, with a time of 35:00, followed by second place finisher Nya Hammons, with a time of 35:22 and 3rd place finisher Julia Torr, with a time of 36:43.
In the Senior male division, Isaac Kirby took first 1st place, with an overall time of 29:10, followed by second place finisher William Randolph, with a time of 34:04 and 3rd place finisher Hayden Bitcon, with a time of 35:09.
In the Junior male division, Cael Mathis took first 1st place in his group as well as 1st place overall, with a time of 17:29, followed by second place finisher Samuel Theodosiou, with a time of 19:08 and 3rd place finisher Ian Ormsby, with a time of 20:33.
In the Junior female division, Macy Simmons took first 1st place, with an overall time of 20:38, followed by second place finisher Hazel Kindred, with a time of 22:07 and 3rd place finisher MaryKate Kelley, with a time of 22:12.