LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York’s largest elementary student triathlon will take place Wednesday night in Lancaster.
Nearly 400 children in grades 3-6 will take part in the three-leg event, which opens with swimming, continues with a one-mile bike ride in William Street School’s parking lot and concludes with a half-mile run on school grounds.
Third and fourth-graders will swim 30 yards, while fifth and sixth-graders will swim 60 yards.
“With nearly 400 students in grades 3-6 registered, organizers have worked hard to ensure a fun and safe event that will bring together students from William Street School (grades 4-6) as well as third graders from all of Lancaster’s four elementary schools, who will be moving up to William Street in the fall,” a member of the organizing committee said. “We were the first school in Western New York to hold a triathlon for students at this age level and it’s the largest of its kind in New York, possibly even in the country.”
The students will have an audience of faculty, staff, administration, parents and other spectators cheering them on. The evening will also feature entertainment and food truck vendors.
Every student will receive a medal for participating in the triathlon.
“At this age, the very fact that they are challenging themselves to participate in an event that requires endurance, perseverance, and promotes lifelong fitness – they’re all winners,” organizers said.
The event, including the after-race celebration, will last from 6-8 p.m. Registration opens at 5 p.m.
During this time, Lancaster Police will close off a portion of William St. between the two school entrances. Traffic will be detoured when the biking event takes place.