My First Triathlon!

Fun during the martial arts event. Photo by Beth Kelly.

A few weeks ago, I was in the Kids’ Triathlon at Rocky River Civic Center with my friend Regan. Kids were divided by grade and did activities at different times, but every grade did three activities. I followed the second grade schedule. I even got a bib number, just like an adult triathlete!

Our group’s first event was walking. We walked (or ran) around the gym. We got to listen to dance music while we walked, because walkers shared the gym with dancers. I liked that there were hula hoops in the gym because sometimes the walking got boring.

Reading was our next event, which was nice because we were all hot and sweaty and ready to cool off. Mrs. Bitounis, a Goldwood teacher, read “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell!” by Lucille Colandro to us. Then we did a craft where we drew pictures of what the old lady would eat in space. I chose stars, the sun, planets, and some meteors. The second book Mrs. Bitounis read was “The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot” by Margaret McNamara.

Our last event was a choice between dancing and martial arts. I chose martial arts. Three reasons I liked martial arts were:

  1. That the Riverview Martial Arts leader told us to be as loud as possible,
  2. The punches, blocks and kicks were fun, and
  3. That we got to break boards at the end.

After the triathlon events, Regan and I got chicken from Chick-fil-A since they were serving it for free. Then we went to get photos in the photo booth together. First we got regular pictures. Then we went back and got pictures with funny disguises. For a bonus, the DJ played tunes and everyone got to dance. I had a lot of fun at the Kids’ Triathlon, and I hope they do it again next year.

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Mel Harmath

Mel (Melanie) Harmath is a second grader at Goldwood Primary School.

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