Kids ages 17, under invited to swim, bike, run with officers

Having a great time with lots of law enforcement officers is just one benefit of signing up for this year’s Triathlon to be held at Rockford High School Saturday, July 10 starting at 9 a.m. Kids who participate—with or without their parents—will enjoy a well deserved sense of accomplishment when they have completed the three-part race and earn their medal.

The Rockford Area Kids Triathlon will be held on July 10, at the Rockford High School. All proceeds benefit the local DARE and Explorers Program. Pictured are (left to right), Sgt. Kevin Sweeney of the Michigan State Police, F/Lt. Chris McIntire of the Michigan State Police, Deputy Tonya Walkons of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, and Jason Bradley of the Rockford City Police Department.

“They have a blast,” said Sgt. Kevin Sweeney, a Michigan State Police trooper who helps organize the annual event. “We have had kids as young as two, with their parents.” Kids ages 17 on down are invited to challenge themselves on foot, in the high school pool and in a bike section of the triathlon. Lengths of the race are adjusted for age, and every child who completes the race will receive an engraved medal. T-shirts are covered in the $20 cost to participate if registration is done prior to race day. After-race refreshments will be provided. Registration early guarantees a shirt while 8 a.m. day-of sign ups will not include a shirt.

            Sweeney said the event is designed to promote physical fitness but also serves as a community outreach for law enforcement. “It is important for them to see us in a positive way, not just out writing tickets or things like that,” he stated. In addition to officers, troopers and deputies, there will be volunteers from the Explorers, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services, Medical Reserve Corps, D.A.R.E. officers and the Civil Emergency Response Team. To find out more visit www.rockktri.com or call Sweeney on the race hotline at (616) 863-0669.

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