Try-Me Try-Athlon

This event is a district-wide celebration of physical literacy and movement in 2019 using these three skills: swimming, bicycling and running. The Try-Athlon will encourage students to train with their schools and at home in order to learn new physical skills and movements that will allow them to feel more competent and confident in multiple environments.

About Kids of Steel (KOS)

The Try-Me Try-Athlon is a Kids of Steel (KOS) Triathlon event. Kids of Steel is the national title for youth triathlon events and programs across Canada. All KOS events follow a similar philosophy emphasizing "sport for all," inclusion and community.

All athletes and parents/guardians, whether recreational or competitive, are expected to demonstrate the following behaviours at KOS events:

  • Respect for everyone
  • Encourage "finishing is winning"
  • Turn around at the finish and cheer the next person to the line
  • Friendly, supportive interactions

For more information about Kids of Steel, visit the Triathlon Alberta website.


Try-Me Try-Athlon FAQs

Who is able to take part in the Try-Athlon?

All Parkland School Division students ages 5 and up are welcome to register for this event with the support of their classroom or school-based teacher.

Are there any additional fees outside of the $35 registration fee?

Optional Choose Your Leg - Students can choose to participate as a member of a team where each team member participates in one discipline of the event. Each participant would then pay an entry fee of $15.
Race Kit Drop-Off - Participants are responsible for gathering their own race kit and ensuring that their race kit is dropped off at the Tri-Leisure Centre North Field on June 6, 2019 from 4:30-7pm. (Note: even though a student may be signing up to participate in one sport of the Try-Athlon, a registrant who chooses the $15 individual entry must register as a member of a 3-person team.)

Students needing additional support developing a race kit or finding funding for the registration fee should contact Miranda Niebergall at

How old do you have to be to participate?

Students must be between 5-18 years old to participate in this event.

How do I register for this event?

Registration and fee payment can be made through the PowerSchool Parent Portal:

  1. Log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal at If you have not yet set up your PowerSchool account, please contact your school for your access ID and password, and see our PowerSchool page for more information on how to set up your account.
  2. Click on Student Fees in the Navigation menu at the left of the screen.
  3. Click on the tab labelled with your child's name at the top of the screen.
  4. Click on the Try-Athlon logo in the Additional Items list at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Complete the registration form and pay the $35 registration fee.
  6. Print out your registration fee receipt (as proof of purchase).
  7. Repeat this process (from Step 3) for every child you wish to register for the event.

Can parents or the community get involved?

Teachers, emergency personnel, district supports and trained volunteers are the only adults allowed on the course. Parents are welcomed to join the event as a volunteer or to donate to the Wellness Initiative to support physical literacy events and opportunities like this in Parkland School Division schools.

How long is the race?

The race distances for each age group can be found below. These distances align with guidelines set out by Triathlon Canada for Kids of Steel Triathlons. New for 2019 - Participants can choose their distance grouping. Heats of the same age group/distance choice will be split or combined, depending on final number of participants.

Ages (as of Dec 31)

Swim Distance

Cycle Distance

Run Distance

5-7 Years (open to 8-9 year olds) 50 m (2 lengths) 2 km 500 m 
8-9 Years (open to 5-11 year olds) 100 m  (4 lengths) 4 km 1.5 km
10-11 Years (open to children aged 8+) 150 m (6 lengths)  6 km 2 km
12+ Years (open to children aged 10+) 200 m (8 lengths) 10 km  3 km


What are the rules?

The following rules apply to all triathlons for youth and adults. All competitors are expected to know the rules and follow them at the event.


  • Athletes must cover their chest and stomach on the bike and run.


  • No forward movement using bottom, lane ropes or walls.
  • Athletes can stop to rest (stand up) but can only move forward by swimming.
  • No flippers or propulsion devices allowed.
  • Kids 7 and under require a life jacket.


  • Helmet must be fastened before touching the bike (after swimming).
  • No riding in transition (walk bike to the mount line).
  • Helmet must stay done up until after the bike is racked (after cycling).


  • No drafting (riding right beside or behind someone) in KOS races.
  • Athletes must stay three bike lengths behind someone unless they are passing.


  • No crawling! Walk, jog or run.

Specific rules regarding equipment are listed in Triathlon Canada's KOS Guidelines and Rules Brochure.


What equipment is needed for each participant?

You can enter a KOS race with a minimum of equipment. All you need is:

  • A bike (either road or mountain bike)
  • An approved helmet (ANSI or SNELL)
  • Running shoes
  • Swim suit or shorts
  • Goggles (if desired)
  • T-shirt or race singlet for boys
  • A smile and a desire to have fun