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Updated: 05/08/2014 08:00:02AM

Youth Triathlon Series to be at SFSC

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­ South Florida State College will play host to the season­ opener of Rock’n Heartland Youth Triathlon Series, in its third year of promoting healthy lifestyles for children and their families via non­profit Julie’s Funds for Kids.

RHYTS is structured to challenge beginners and experienced racers while promoting a sporting discipline they can enjoy for a lifetime. Laid out on the Avon Park campus of SFSC, RHYTS features a pool swim and controlled cycling and running courses. Distances vary based on three age divisions.

Juniors (5­-8 years) swim 50 meters, bike for two miles and run a half mile;; 9-­ to 11-year­-old Intermediates race on a course that is 100 meters swim, four-­mile bike and one-­mile ride;;seniors (12-­16) swim 150 meters, bike six miles and run 1.5 miles.

This is the first of three races in the RHYTS Points Series. The second race is in conjunction with Heartland Triathlon on June 14 and the series returns Aug. 16 to South Florida State College for the finale.

Online registration for the first race on May 10 closes midnight May 8. Registration is open until 7:30 a.m.

Awards are given three deep per age division at each race and five deep at the end of the series in August.

To register, go to and search “heartland.” Must register separately for each race.

All three races (two Rock’n Heartland and Heartland Triathlon) are accessible via