Dozens of schools in the Madison area took part in the "Tri 4 Schools" race Saturday in Middleton. Children, some as young as 3, participated in the triathlon, which included swimming, biking and running.
Organizers said the event, which aims to encourage children to live a healthy and active lifestyle, is much more than a competition. "It's definitely not about winning. It's about a sense of accomplishment. It's about getting out. It's about being active. It's about doing something new for the first time," said Tri 4 Schools volunteer Kaylan Pesature.
Parents said they were proud of their children finishing the race. "I think this is a great event to promote fitness, fitness for kids," said parents Ron Verhelst.
"It's definitely something very beneficial for them, and it shows a lot of dedication to be able to do three different things in one day." Around 400 children participated in the event.