Square One Events, GHS and the YMCA of Laurens have partnered to create the GHS Kids Splash & Dash Event. This is a fun way for kids ages 3-16 to get a taste of multi-sport competition without the pressure of a full triathlon. The event features a pool swim followed by a cross country run. Our focus is on encouraging participation and getting kids of all ages active. The race will take place at the Laurens Family YMCA on August 6. Children are encouraged to participate in the Laurens YMCA Summer Camp as a fun way to prepare for the Splash & Dash event. All pre-registered competitors will receive a finisher’s medal.
GHS Kids Splash & Dash
Laurens Family YMCA
August 6, beginning at 8 a.m.
$15 per person ($25 per person after pre-registration deadline)
Onsite registration will open at 7 a.m. on race day
Register early to take advantage of the discounted $15 entry fee. Click on the Register Now button or visit http://book-events.com/events/splashndash/ to register online. Online registration will close on August 5 at noon. On-site registration will be $25 on the morning of August 6 from 7-8:30 a.m. for those that do not want to preregister.
Race Distance by Age Groups
Age Swim Run
3-5 years (*see special conditions) 25M 1/4 mile
6-8 years 50M 1.5K
9-11 years 100M 1.5K
12-16 years 200M 3K
First swimmer starts at 8 a.m. Start times will be assigned by age group and posted on website 2 days prior to event.
All participants will have a race number marked on their arms and legs by our staff and volunteers. Each participant will have their age marked on the back of their leg.
Participants will swim in the pool. Kids will start one at a time in 5 second intervals. Kids will swim up one lane and upon reaching the wall, will switch to the next lane going back the other way. This will be a zigzag pattern across the pool until their swim finish. Participants are permitted to walk on the bottom or hold onto the lane rope if necessary. Life preservers are permitted. Flip turns are allowed. No wetsuits are allowed.
Participants will exit the pool and proceed to a transition area to change to their running shoes and put on their race bib number. Race bib numbers must be worn for the run portion of the event. The cross country run will take place on facility property in a protected area where we can control vehicle traffic. The course features a mixture of grass, dirt road and pavement.
The event will be timed by Square One Events. Each participant must wear a timing chip for the duration of the race or he/she will not receive a timed result. All timing chips must be returned immediately following the finish. There will be volunteers collecting chips at the finish line, but returning the chip is ultimately the responsibility of each participant.
*Special Conditions for Age 3-5
Participants ages 3-5 are required to wear a coastguard approved life vest and be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the pool. A limited number of life vests will be available on a first come first serve basis. We strongly encourage you to bring your own life preserver.
Safety is our first priority. Event volunteers will be on hand to help encourage and direct participants and families on race day. If you or your group would like to volunteer your assistance, please contact the race director at email@example.com.