Kromrey had 39 students, the most of any area school, participate in the Tri 4 Schools' fifth annual Middleton Kids Triathlon, which was held on Saturday, Aug. 22.
The triathlon had more than 500 participants in all and sold out for the third straight year, Tri 4 Schools founder and executive director Katie Hensel said. Northside had 30 students participate, while Sauk Trail had 29, Elm Lawn 26 and Glacier Creek 24.
Children ranging in ages from 3-14 participated and 106 schools from throughout Dane County had at least one triathlete compete on Saturday, Hensel said.
"Once again, the Middleton community showed up in force to support this event, and welcomed kids from all over the state," Tri 4 Schools board member Dan Tyler said in a news released. "It is truly inspiring to witness our youth athletes achieve their goals and set a positive example for other students. We cannot thank our sponsors, volunteers, and teachers enough for their support of our mission to create active, healthy kids and schools."
The presenting sponsor of the triathlon was Middleton Sports & Fitness.
There were three divisions this year. A short course, which involved a 25-yard swim, 0.3-mile bike ride and 0.2-mile run, was available for ages 3-6. A medium course, which included a 50-yard swim, 2.25-mile bike ride and 0.5-mile run, was available for ages 7-10. A long course, which included a 100-yard swim, 4.5-mile bike ride and 1-mile run, was available for ages 11-14.
Since its inception in 2011, Tri 4 Schools has raised more than $175,000 for schools to help fund health, athletics, and wellness programs. Saturday’s event in Middleton raised more than over $12,000. Hensel said checks will be presented to all of the schools later this year.
“This is now a tradition for our school,” said Lindbergh Elementary Physical Education teacher Jay Matthews. “We have participated in every Tri 4 Schools event since 2012, and it has really changed the attitudes our students have towards being healthy and active, and made them more of a team. They love participating year after year and improving their times. The funding has made things possible that we could never have purchased otherwise, and we are very grateful for this organization.”