Over the Weekend: The 2016 Youth Triathlon


Sunday was a fun day covering the 2016 Youth Triathlon at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center in Bellingham.  It was the Mini Olympics as over four dozen children participated in three divisions with Division 1 for 11 to 13 year olds, Division 2 for 9 and 10 year olds, and Division 3 for children 6 to 8.

Diving In

Braeden Loeffelholz, right, 10, dives into the pool during the start of the Division 2 triathlon of the 2016 Youth Triathlon on Sunday morning Aug. 7, 2016, at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Braeden Loeffelholz, 10, dives into the pool during the start of the Division 2 triathlon of the 2016 Youth Triathlon on Sunday morning Aug. 7, 2016, at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

The triathlon is sponsored by the City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department and is designed to introduce children to triathlon competition. The swim, cycle, and run are easy to keep the kids from getting over tired and keep their interest piqued.

Support Team

Cory Deter of Bellingham, left, helps his son Haiden, 8, put on his shoes at the transfer station during the 2016 Youth Triathlon on Sunday morning Aug. 7, 2016, at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Cory Deter of Bellingham, left, helps his son Haiden, 8, put on his shoes at the transfer station during the 2016 Youth Triathlon on Sunday morning Aug. 7, 2016, at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

The swimming is only a few laps. 4 for the older kids, 2 for the middle group, and only 1 for the youngest. The biking and running portions had the equivalent concept: same route with less laps.

Friendly Competition

Owen Tepker, 10, of Bellingham, gets high-fives from his friends as he approaches the finish line during the 2016 Youth Triathlon on Sunday morning Aug. 7, 2016, at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center in Bellingham, Wash. Tepker finished second place in the Division 2 category with a time of 19:00 minutes flat. Over four dozen children participated in three divisions with Division 1 for 11 to 13 year olds, Division 2 for 9 and 10 year olds, and Division 3 for children 8 and under. The triathlon sponsored by the City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department and is designed to introduce children to triathlon competition. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Owen Tepker, 10, of Bellingham, gets high-fives from his friends as he approaches the finish line during the 2016 Youth Triathlon on Sunday morning Aug. 7, 2016, at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center in Bellingham, Wash. Tepker finished second place in the Division 2 class with a time of 19:00 minutes flat. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

I shot this mainly as a feature story although this was a sporting event. However, I concentrated on the leaders as well as kept my eyes open for small moments. The small moments said more about the event than the winners and participants.

Last, But Not Least

Mike Breeding, left, encourages the last racer of the day, Ivy Skar, 6, as she approaches the finish line during the 2016 Youth Triathlon on Sunday morning Aug. 7, 2016, at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Mike Breeding, left, encourages the last racer of the day, Ivy Skar, 6, as she approaches the finish line during the 2016 Youth Triathlon on Sunday morning Aug. 7, 2016, at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

This was not a competition more than a way for the kids and parents to have fun and learn about the sporting process. Most of the participants were new to the triathlon.

Zooming By

A competitor zooms around the corner as he completes his 3rd lap during the 2016 Youth Triathlon on Sunday morning Aug. 7, 2016, at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/ The Bellingham Herald)

A competitor zooms around the corner as he completes his 3rd lap during the 2016 Youth Triathlon on Sunday morning Aug. 7, 2016, at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/ The Bellingham Herald)

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Paul Conrad is an award-winning photographer living in Bellingham north of Seattle, WA, in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and in Europe. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Although his specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.

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