4th annual Sportsplex Kids Triathlon encourages kids to be active

4th annual Sportsplex Kids Triathlon encourages kids to be active

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - A group of children gathered in Opelika on Saturday morning for the fourth annual Sportsplex Kids Triathlon.

The triathlon saw athletes ranging from six to 15 years old running, pedaling and swimming their way through courses as long as eight miles.

"Best part of the whole day is watching these really kids go across the finish line and jump into their parents' arms," said founder Nicole Carter. "So excited and so proud of themselves, really a huge achievement.  A lot more than most adults can do."

More than 275 kids participated and raised money for the American Cancer Society at the same time.

Carter's goal was to show kids there are other ways to be athletic than playing organized team sports. 

"It is just getting our kids healthy, getting them moving," Carter said. "Showing them that there are some other alternatives as far as exercise. You don't have to play football, you don't have to play baseball, you can be an athlete by being a triathlete."

Parents got to bond with their children and watch push themselves to the limit and achieve their goals. 

"It is just amazing to watch and I know it makes him feel great and it makes me feel great," said parent Matt Carter.

In previous years the Sportsplex Kids Triathlon has raised as much as $10,000, and their goal was to match that amount again this year.

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