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HARD RUNNING – Noah Thompson competes in the running stage of the Whitehorse Kids' Triathlon at the Canada Games Centre in Whitehorse Saturday.

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FEELING FOCUSED – Briella Che has her game face on as she nears the finish line of the bike stage of the triathlon.

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BUBBLE BOY – Brady Henderson nears the finish of the bike stage of the triathlon.

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HAPPY FAMILY – The Mainville family posed for a pic after the race.

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PROUD PAPA – Trio Mulli, left, poses for a pic with his son Hendrix after they completed the bike stage.

Great fun at the 10th annual Whitehorse Kids Triathlon

By all accounts, the kids had a great time at the 10th annual Whitehorse Kids Triathlon.

By Morris Prokop on June 6, 2023

By all accounts, the kids had a great time at the 10th annual Whitehorse Kids Triathlon.

The "tri" took place at the Canada Games Centre Saturday.

Keri Rutherford, City of Whitehorse program supervisor said, "We run a kids' triathlon every year. It consists of swimming, running and biking using the Canada Games Centre and the Mount Mac trails. We have kids age ranges from five to 14 year olds. They all do different courses out on the trails."

The four age groups consist of Bunnies (five-years-old with guardians), Moose (six to seven-year-olds), Bears (eight to 10-year-olds) and Foxes (11 to 14-year-olds).

Briella Che went around the course with her father, Franklin Fru.

Che had fun and wanted to go again.

She also competed in the event last year and has now won her group both years.

"We are the kind of family that competes. No offence to anybody, that's just who we are. Who I am," related Fru.

Fru was asked what it means to have his daughter in the triathlon.

"It means a lot. You look at the amount of effort the kids and I put in over the years and to see what she's done today … I am a very, very proud father today."

Che is also competing in another triathlon in Calgary on June 17, in which she'll be competing with kids from across Canada.

Louis Mainville, 6, had his father Manuel running with him and assisted Louis by holding a bar on the back of Louis's bike.

"He did really good," said Manuel. "He's already talking about doing it next year."

River Mantyka-Pringle, 7, said she was "very tired" at the end of the race.

Her nine-year-old sister, Aurora, also competed in the race.

Proud mom Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle said they were both "ecstatic to be here."

They both competed in the triathlon for the third time.

"I think the parents enjoy it just as much," said Mantyka-Pringle. "We're the ones that are encouraging it.

"They definitely enjoy it," she added.

Her husband, Matt Pringle, added, "They enjoy seeing their friends here as well, competing."

"That's the important part," agreed Mantyka-Pringle. "The friends make a big difference."

Hendrix Mulli, with an escort from his father Trio, completed the Bunny course.

"It's fun. He loves it," said the proud papa.

Hendrix said he "had a lot of fun" and liked biking the most.

Rutherford said, "The whole goal of this event is for it to be fun." Mission accomplished.

"We want the parents to be engaged in it," related Rutherford. "That's why the parents or guardian run with the five-year-olds. It's just a really fun event. Being out on the trail, all the kids are smiling and most of them are happy. It's just a really great fill-your-cup event."

Rutherford added she's, "super-proud of my team, huge thank you to the volunteers that came out. It wouldn't be possible without them. It's just a great community event that we do."

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Greg Hale on Jun 7, 2023 at 9:06 am

Huge thanks to all the volunteers and organizers. This is such a fun event that is so well put together. My son absolutely loves it. The kids are so proud of their medals and accomplishments and just a hoot to watch them compete.

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