TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon

Julia Orloff of Columbia runs her bike out of the bicycle transition area during the 2010 TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon. (File photo/2010 / July 25, 2010)

More than 500 children are expected to participate in the sixth annual TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon on Sunday, July 21, in Columbia.

There are four age categories, ranging from 7-8 year olds to 13-15 year olds. Each competitor will swim, bike and run.

The event starts at 7 a.m. with the 7-8 age group at the Clemens Crossing Pool. The competition continues through the Hickory Ridge neighborhood and finishes at Clemens Crossing Elementary School, 10320 Quarterstaff Road.

The goal of the Kidz Triathlon, which is part of the Maryland Youth Triathlon Series, is to support healthy lifestyles, not to emphasize winning, according to Linda Congedo, director of communications for TriColumbia.

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"Every kid that crosses the finish line is a winner in our eyes," said Congedo.

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