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Popular Arlington youth triathlon event is scheduled for June

Competition includes girls and boys from ages 7 to 15
Participants wait to begin the swimming event at the triathlon.

The annual Arlington Triathlon, held in the memory of Anne Viviani, is scheduled for Sunday morning, June 11 at 7:30 a.m. at the Washington-Liberty High School aquatic center, with events also held on the school track and surrounding neighborhood streets.

The event for youths is in its ninth year and draws girls and boys youth triathletes ages 7 to 15 from throughout the D.C. area. The Olympic-style loop-race course features a pool swim, a bike ride on closed local streets and a running finish on the Washington-Liberty track. Youth of all abilities are welcome to participate, and the distances of each of the three events differ depending on the age of those competing.

The triathlon is now dedicated to the late Vivian, who was a world and national champion triathlete for many years. Viviani died five years ago when the car she was riding in was struck by a deer.

A member of the Viviani family will attend the event to help get the competition started.

The triathlon supports the Arlington Triathlon Club, the county’s award-winning elementary school-based multi-sport training program.

Over the years, the club has won recognition from the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, andFamilies and the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition.

Registration for the triathlon is open until June 10 at For information call, (703) 525-5225. The cost per participant is $95 for any of the four age groups.

When the triathlon starts, participants ages 7-8 will swim 50 yards, bike 1.4 miles and run .65 miles. Entrants ages 9-10 will swim 100 yards, bike 2.8 miles and swim .9 miles.

Those ages 11-12, will swim 150 yards, bike 4.2 miles and run 1.15 miles.  The oldest 13-15 competitors will swim 250 yards, bike 5.6 miles and run 1.4 miles.

Top finishers in the age groups receive ribbons and medals.