Michigan State Police trooper Kevin Sweeny invites area youth to get a jump on summer fun and enjoy a day of activity and refreshments with officers of the Michigan State Police, Rockford Police Department and the Kent County Sheriff. The seventh annual Rockford Area Kids Triathlon will take place at Rockford High School on Saturday, July 9. The triathlon consists of seven age groups so youngsters from age zero to 17 can participate.
The cost of participating is just $20 and includes a t-shirt and lunch after the event. The community policing event is designed as a fun day to promote healthy lifestyles as well as an opportunity for local kids to meet and play with law enforcement officers. According to Sweeny, it is a favorite event that officers look forward to each year.
The course varies according to age groups so even the youngest kids have a great time and are able to complete the event. Oldest kids swim 200 yards in the Rockford High School pool, bike six miles and run three miles. The youngest swim one length of the pool, run 100 yards, and bike 100 yards. Bike helmets are required. To sign up or for more information, pick up a flier at the Rockford Police Department or the Michigan State Police post in Rockford or fill our the form online at www.rocktri.com. All participants receive medals, certificates and top three performers in each age group receive awards. Proceeds benefit the D.A.R.E. program and the Michigan State Police Explorers.