Only a minimum amount of inexpensive equipment is required to complete a youth triathlon. Below is a list of items athletes will need to complete an event.
- a swim suit (must have)
- swim cap (optional but some races provide all athletes with caps)
- a certified helmet that fits properly
- a bike (any type will do—mountain bikes are recommended for KOS athletes)
- shirt, singlet, or swim suit to cover the chest and stomach (must have)
- running shoes (with good support)
- shirt, singlet, or swim suit to cover your chest and stomach (must have)
other items (optional)
- water bottle
- elastic number belt (to pin your number on)
- sun glasses
- hat or visor (if sunny or raining)
- towel (for drying feet)
Important Safety Notes
Helmets should be certified by: CSA (Canadian Standards Association), ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), BS (British Standard), AS (Australian Standard), SNELL, or CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission in the U.S.).
- Cycling helmets are only designed for one hard crash, even if they do not look damaged. Replace helmets after a crash or if a helmet has been thrown or dropped repeatedly on a hard surface.
- Avoid borrowing or buying used helmets.
- Replace helmets at least once a year if children and youth are riding often.
- Complete a thorough bike check before each ride (BikeSafetyPDF) and take the bike in for regular maintenance at a bike shop.
- Brakes. Ensure athletes can reach the brakes comfortably, brake pads are not worn, and the brakes work quickly and effectively.
- Size. Ensure the bike size fits your athlete and will not cause injury (BikeSafetyPDF).