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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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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