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Join Kids of Steel and Adult Pool Triathlon

Child participant on bike
Written by Patti Foley

Benson Steel & Royal Containers present the 17th annual C3 Kinetico Kids of Steel Triathlon Sunday May 28th at Mayfield pool in Caledon.

Seventeen years ago, C3 started the local Kids of Steel and Adult Pool Triathlon as an opportunity to celebrate Simon Whitfield’s 2000 Olympic Games Gold Medal in the triathlon. Local Olympic Coach Barrie Shepley was the head coach in Sydney and had been working with Simon since he got his start in Kids of Steel when he was just 12 years old. Many local Caledon citizens came together to help put on that first race and for the last sixteen years, the last Sunday in May, C3 has continue the local tradition.

Kids of Steel

The triathlon is made up of a short swim-bike and run. The race venue is at the Mayfield Pool, where participants do as short as one swim lap (the 3-4-5-6 year olds who can also wear a life-jacket) all the way up to 75 year old grand parents. Over 500 kids and 150 adults are expected for the May 28th event. Individuals who are nervous about doing all three events, can make up a relay team and have one swimmer, one biker and one runner.

Adult cyclist

Top international athletes will be in attendance to meet the kids and families and sign autographs. The day is set up so that families can come in time for their race (wave) and leave shortly after. Awards will occur all day long. Each participant gets a race t-shirt, finishers medal, post-race Lions Club meal, and a chance to win awards in their age category. The highlight category, the 3-6 year olds, also get to a finishing line toy from race director Stewart Barclay.

The event does not occur without the great volunteer support of many local citizens. Olympic coach and race emcee Barrie Shepley is asking if you have time and can volunteer a few hours on the day to contact C3’s volunteer coordinator Sara Naudts so she can assign you a fun-easy-motivating jog, her email is

To register for the event (individual or relay) go to the C3 website

There is NO race day registration as organizers have to assign participants into swim waves and also make sure they have enough T-shirts and food. 

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Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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