Race Details

Date, Time and Place:

  • Date: Sunday, August 7, 2016
  • Where: The CKT will be held at Arroyo Park.
    2000 Shasta Drive, Davis, CA 95616
  • What: Kid’s Triathlon – swim, bike & run – in that order.
  • Ages: 3 to 15 years. (3 year olds may participate in Parent/Child division. Must be 4 for individual division)
  • Times: The event will start in heats based on age. The oldest age group (13-15 yrs.) will start first at 8:00 a.m. Please see below for estimated start times for each age group.


Who Can Participate?

Any child ages 4-15 years old is invited to participate (3 year olds can participate in the Parent/Child Division). Children just need to be able to swim, ride a bike and run! The focus on this event is finishing, not how fast and in what order. Every child will be treated like a winner!

Individual Division

The individual division is most traditional and the most popular. The child completes each of the race segments (swim, bike, run) without any outside assistance.

Parent/Child Division

Many parents have asked us how they can help prepare their child to participate in a kid’s triathlon, even if they themselves have never participated in one.

Triathlon is the combination of three sports: swimming, biking and running. By practicing with your child, including going on bike rides or short runs, you will both feel the benefits of exercise as your child prepares for the event.

Go PaxiFor those interested, we added a new component in 2010 called the Parent/Child division. It was instantly very popular. This option is open to all age divisions and provides the chance for the parent and child to participate in the event alongside one another. The parent will swim in the pool next to their child; during the bike leg, the parent may opt to either run alongside their child or ride their own bike; and the parent and child will run/walk the running leg together.  By including this division, we are providing parents the chance to lead by example, while also providing an even more comfortable atmosphere for our youngest triathletes (3-6 years).

the transition area


Age Groups and Distances

Age Group# HeatsSwim Bike Run
13-15 years2150 yd6 mile1 mile
11-12 yrs4125 yd3 mile1 mile
9-10 yrs775 yd3 mile1/2 mile
7-8 yrs750 yd1 mile1/2 mile
Parent/Child 7-10 yrs150 yd1 mile1/2 mile
6 & Under625 yd1 mile1/4 mile
Parent/Child 4-6 yrs325 yd1 mile1/4 mile

Final start times will be posted the week preceding the event. See below for estimated start times.

How a Triathlon Works:

TestimonialsThe California Kids Triathlon will be held in the traditional triathlon format of swim, bike and run. Children will complete each sport in that order. Age-based waves (heats) will determine the starting time for your child. He/she will swim in the pool, then head immediately to the Transition Area.

The Transition Area is kind of like “home base.” Here, your child will select a bike rack in the morning for his/her bike, and also put his/her helmet, shoes, towel and any clothes next to his/her bike. After completing the swim, your child will go to the Transition Area and retrieve his/her bike, bike helmet, shoes and then proceed to the bike course. Plenty of volunteers will be available in the Transition Area to assist your child with tying shoes, etc.

After your child finishes the bike leg, he/she will return to the Transition Area, find his/her bike rack (rows will be labeled with numbers and color coded by age group) and re-rack their bike. Then, they will take off on the run course. The race finishes when they cross the finish line.

Just as in an “adult” triathlon, each child will be assigned a race number, and he/she will wear that on the front of their body during the run portion of the event. Your child will also be “bodymarked” – a triathlon tradition of writing each participant’s race number on his/her arms and legs.

Triathlon Rules

Although the event is designed to be FUN and the focus is FUN, because we do award trophies for top finishers we do have to keep in mind that there are rules of the event.  We hate to have to point out the rules, because most of the time, these go without saying. However, every now and then, we have to remind some who are very eager and competitive that part of triathlon is competing fairly. The race rules include:

  • Participating fairly and having good sportsmanship. Cheating (cutting a course short intentionally) and unsportsmanlike conduct (for example one participant or spectator purposely blocking another participant from forward movement so as to provide undue advantage) is subject to a time penalty or disqualification.
  • No parents of children ages 7 and up are allowed in the transition area at any time, unless the parent is in the Parent / Child division or the child has special needs and has previously arranged with the Race Director to receive a wristband.
  • Parents in any division (including 4-6y) may not rack bikes, put away helmets etc for children at conclusion of the bike. If a participant is seen tossing bike/helmet to parent without racking his/her bike in their bike rack (and then getting undue advantage to starting the run) a timing or race official may assess a 2:00 time penalty and/or disqualify the participant from the event.
  • No riding of bikes at any time in transition area. Mount bikes after crossing through the Bike Out tent (bike start); dismount before entering the Bike In tent (bike finish).
  • No glass is permitted in transition under any circumstances.
  • No dogs or strollers are permitted in the transition area.
  • No running on the pool deck. You may not run until you have exited the pool area fence/gate.
  • Bib must be worn on the front of the body during bike and run legs. If the bib is not worn, the athlete will not receive a time (timing chips are on the back of the bib) and will not be eligible for awards.
  • Helmet must be worn and buckled during the bike leg. Parents in the Parent/Child division who opt to bike alongside child during the bike leg must also wear a helmet.
  • Tricycles are not allowed. This is for your child’s safety.

When to Arrive at the Event

Transition Area Main Entrance & Body MarkingIf you will be in the area the day prior (or if you live nearby), we strongly encourage you to pick up your child’s race packet at our packet pick up on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 2:00-5pm.  Your race packet will include your child’s t-shirt and bib number. It will also have your child’s exact starting time.

If you cannot pick up your child’s packet on Saturday, you may pick it up on Sunday morning before their race. Please be sure to allow extra time to pick up his/her packet if you plan to pick it up on Sunday. We recommend all participants arrive no later than one hour prior to their age group’s scheduled start time. If you need to pick up a packet, add another 15-20 minutes to the arrival times below. No child (or parent) likes to feel rushed before the big race.

The start times and wave assignments are on the Registered Participant Info page.


Volunteers are needed to ensure that the event is fun and safe for all participants. You can sign up to volunteer by emailing our volunteer coordinator.