Date: Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
Time: 12:00PM (subject to minor adjustment)
Location: Pacific Shores Center, 1600 Seaport Blvd., Redwood City, CA

Race Details

The Saplingathlon is a FUN race for kids who like to ride their bikes and run around (i.e., ALL kids). It's also a great way to introduce your little ones to the sport of triathlon. The format of the race is a "fun activity" (see below) followed by the biking leg, followed by a run. There is no swim in the Saplingathlon.

Children will be divided into the following age groups, and started in waves:
12:30 PM - Age 5 and under (Acorns): 0.5 mile bike, 0.1 mile run
1:00 PM - Age 6-7 (Pinecones): 1.2 mile bike, 0.25 mile run
1:30 PM - Age 8-9 (Twigs): 2.4 mile bike, 0.5 mile run
2:00 PM - Age 10-12 (Firewood): 3.6 mile bike, 1.0 mile run

Wave starts are approximate - we will try to begin according to this schedule, keeping the athletes' safety in mind. We will NOT begin the next wave until all children have completed the prior wave.



In order to avoid a mass bike start, there will be a fun, short and somewhat challenging activity for all kids to perform before they get on their bikes (this makes the race less like a duathlon and more like a triathlon of fun-bike-run). The "fun" activity will be announced on race day - examples of possible fun activities include: making a paper airplane, running a small obstacle course, hula hooping, jumping rope, hopscotch, or throwing a ball at something.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup opens on Saturday, March 2nd at 10 AM.

Packet pick-up will be located at the race site at Pacific Shores Center, 1600 Seaport Blvd., Redwood City, CA. There will be signs posted at the entrance to Pacific Shores to direct racers to the packet pick-up station. The race packet contains the T-shirt, race number, and course maps.

Required Equipment

Each child needs sneakers, a bike or trike, and a properly fitting ANSI-approved bike helmet. (You must have each of these items to participate.) Triathlon-specific bicycles and shoes may be used if a child has them, but regular bikes with banana seats, baskets, streamers, and Barbie stickers, or mountain/BMX bikes are welcome and encouraged for the Saplingathlon.


With the exception of parents of Acorns, no parents are allowed on the course during the Saplingathlon. For the Acorns, one parent may be on the course to provide encouragement and wipe away tears. Volunteers will monitor and assist kids of all age groups on the course.


To keep your children occupied while they are not biking and running, there will be a jump house (aka moon bounce) for them to play in.


All Saplingathlon participants will receive a t-shirt and a finisher's medal.  Awards for each wave be given once all waves are completed.  Awards will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd girl and boy from each wave. There will be drinks and snacks provided at the finish line.