Host a Backyard Family-and-Friends Olympic Triathlon

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Family Triathlon | Let's Lass the Moon

The Olympic Triathlon competitions start next Saturday. My forever-twenty-nine-year-old dad rocks triathlons. In fact, he often beats out many younger participants. This healthy hobby is mentally and physically therapeutic for my father. It has also become a family affair. Occasionally other members will join him, like his lovely little granddaughter (above). What a great way to get children interested in a healthy lifestyle!

When I suggested we do a family-and-friends triathlon in the yard the girls were PUMPED. They reassured me they didn’t need help setting up the course because they’ve seen Grandpa participate 101 times. The event quickly turned into what I would lovingly call a game of  “Calvin Ball.”

Family Olympic Triathlon | Let's Lass the MoonBelow are 7 tips on making your family-and-friends triathlon
into a memorable adventure
:

1. Give the participants a number. Use watercolor pencils to write numbers on the arms of the participants. Another option is to safety pin or tape a paper number to your child’s shirt.

2. Get the neighbors involved. An Olympic events is always more fun with spectators and additional athletes to compete against.

3. Let the children make up the rules. Give them the traditional triathlon guidelines (swim, cycle, run) and let them roll with it. In our version of the game we decided to ditch our bikes for a Trunki Triathlon.

Trunki Triathalon | Let's Lasso the Moon

4. Be an overly excited fan. Cheer like a maniac when you’re child pulls off amazing jumps, a fast lap, or a huge splash.

Family Olympic Triathlon | Let's Lass the Moon

iPhonography Tip: Push the photo button down and hold it, when your child is flying through the air release the button. The phone snaps the shot upon release. It is a great way to get some fun action shots.

5. Make it educational & competitive. Have the children keep track of their course time and add the different runs together.

Family Olympic Triathlon | Let's Lass the Moon

Ice Cream Pool6. Participate. Don’t sit on the sidelines,
get up and participate.

7. Cool down. Remember the importance of keeping cool. Make sure your athletes have water on hand.  Want to do something special? Serve ice cream in the swimming pool afterwards. Make it memorable, get in the pool with them!

Let’s Lasso the Moon Tip: Shad and I love throwing coffee in the fridge after breakfast and saving it for a coffee float later in the day. It is the perfect combination of cool and “not too sweet.” YUM.

Find more ideas for making your event memorable on our guest post over at Melissa & Doug today!

How are you and your family celebrating and preparing for the Summer Olympic Games? Let’s chat in the comments!


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4 Comments

  1. Jfischer3345
    July 30, 2012

    I use my leftover coffee that way too! (Love the triathlon btw-commented on the M&D blog). I can’t wait until my boys are old enough to do things like this, but I’m also savoring every moment of 2 under 3. I also saw (on pinterest, of course) vanilla ice cubes as an idea for iced coffee. I’m going to have to try it.

    Reply
    • Zina
      August 8, 2012

      YES! Vanilla ice cubes sound awesome. I do hope you enjoy the younger years. They go faster than you think. :-)

      Reply
  2. PragmaticMom
    August 6, 2012

    Hi Zina,
    It was so nice to meet you at BlogHer12. So glad the unicorn cake delayed the entrance. Hope you had a safe trip back. Thanks for the Pinterest and free photo advice as well!

    p.s. I wanted to share an Olympic party for kid post I did as well: http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2012/08/party-theme-olympics-2/

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    • LetsLassotheMoon
      August 13, 2012

      Love your blog header. :-) Mmmmm, unicorn cake. So yummy. Glad we had a chance to connect too.

      Reply

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