2024 KOS Race

2024 Birds Hill Kids of Steel

Triple Threat Triathlon Club welcomes youth age 6 to 15 of all abilities and identities to the Birds Hill Kids of Steel (KOS) on June 8!

This is the first KOS of the 2024 Triathlon Manitoba outdoor season, and one of two qualifying events for the 2024 Manitoba Summer Games triathlon.

What’s new for 2024

Besides being a 2024 Manitoba Summer Games qualifying race, we have a slick new logo, and a few new and/or improved features:

Run re-route

The run route for 6-15 age groups is now a 1 km loop. Depending on your age group, you’ll run up to four laps. That means more cheers and more fun on the run for everyone.

Duathlon for all!

We’re offering a duathlon (run-bike-run) for all age groups. If you’re not (yet) a swimmer, duathlon is the race for you. 

The long and short of triathlons

With the addition of duathlons for all age groups, we’re offering one triathlon distance for each age group (no “short” and “long” options this year).

Transition tweak

We’ve made Transition simpler and quicker to get through. T1 gates are now at the south end, T2 gates are at the north end, and racks run east-west. See the Transition map for details.

Post-race refresh

After all that hard work, your body needs to refuel, and you deserve a tasty reward. So, join the fun at the Medallion Chocolate Milk Bar, where you can make your own chocolate milk smoothies and enjoy a buffet of recovery snacks.

The course

Birds Hill Park is a great place for triathlons! Our safe, accessible, and beautiful course provides an excellent experience for athletes of all levels.

Race start times and distances

Triathlon
Age group Start time Swim Bike Run
6-7 8:15 am 50 m 1.5 km 500 m
14-15 8:40 am 500 m 10 km 4 km
12-13 8:50 am 300 m 10 km 3 km
10-11 9:00 am 200 m 5 km 2 km
8-9 9:10 am 100 m 5 km 1 km
Duathlon
Age group Start time Run 1 Bike Run 2
14-15 8:40 am 1 k 10 km 4 km
12-13 8:50 am 1 k 10 km 3 km
10-11 9:00 am 1 k 5 km 2 km
8-9 9:10 am 500 m 5 km 1 km

 

Safety first

Severe weather or other conditions that cause unreasonable safety risks may force race officials to modify or cancel events. For example, unsafe swimming conditions may result in a shortened swim course or changing the race to a duathlon.

Transition

Transition is located on the grassy area on the west side of the East Beach parking lot.

Athletes can rack their bike and athletic gear in the row designated for their event. Don’t forget your helmet!

Only items you need for the event may be kept in Transition – no bags or bins.

Signs and volunteers will guide you so you can move through Transition smoothly and beat your best T1 and T2 times.

Race officials will announce when Transition is open for athletes pre-race and post-race.

Before the first race of the day, we hold a meeting for all athletes to remind them of race rules and demonstrate how to enter and exit Transition. It’s fun and a good warm-up jog for the athletes!

Swim

The swim course is in Birds Hill Park Lake, with the start at East Beach.

We have a standing start. Athletes swim one loop of their assigned distance. The man-made, spring-fed lake is shallow (about 2 m at the deepest), with a gentle slope and sand bottom.

The course is well-marked with buoys and supervised by lifeguards. Volunteers travel in kayaks alongside swimmers to guide them safely from start to finish.

Bike

The bike course is a rolling 5 km loop with sections of forest and open meadow. Athletes age 8-11 cycle one loop; athletes age 12-15 cycle two loops.

The course starts at the NE exit of Transition. Athletes cycle up Festival Drive, turn right at the intersection of South Drive, cycle down South Drive for about 1.5 km, then turn around and return along the same route.

The course is not closed to vehicle traffic. Athletes must cycle on the paved shoulder. Volunteers provide guidance and traffic control along the course.

For the 6-7 age group, the bike course is 1.5 km. Athletes cycle from Transition through the parking lot to the Lakeside Trail intersection. There, they turn right on Lakeside Trail and cycle to the east end of the lake, where they turn around and return along the same route.

Volunteers are stationed at key points to guide athletes in the right direction.

Run

For 8-15 age groups, the run course is a 1 km out-and-back north of the beach, parallel to the lake.

    • The 8-9 age group does 1 lap (1 km).
    • The 10-11 age group does 2 laps (2 km).
    • The 12-13 age group does 3 laps (3 km).
    • The 14-15 age group runs 4 laps (4 km).

Athletes head west out of Transition for about 500 m on a multi-surface path (grass, gravel, asphalt). Athletes turn around and return to Transition along the same path.

A water station is located on the course. Athletes pass it on each lap.

The 6-7 age group course is the same but the turn-around is at 250 m (for a total distance of 500 m).

Post-race

After the race, all athletes receive a participation gift and can refuel with well-deserved recovery food and drink.

You can shake, shake, shake up your own chocolate milk smoothie at the Medallion Chocolate Milk Bar!

Race officials will advise when athletes have access to Transition to retrieve their equipment.

Registration

Online pre-race registration closes on Tuesday, June 4 at 11:30 pm.

After this date, athletes must register in-person on race day.

On race day, registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 7:45 a.m.

You won’t need a provincial park pass because race weekend occurs on the annual free-pass weekend for Manitoba provincial parks.

Fees are as follows:

Early bird (until April 30) – $30

Regular (May 1-June 4) – $35

Walk-up (on race day June 8) – $45 (cash only)

Registration fees are non-refundable, including when the race is cancelled because of severe weather or other unsafe conditions.

Registration fees include:

    • Race kits, including swim cap and bib
    • Run course aid station
    • Recovery food
    • A participation gift

Registration fees do not include Triathlon Manitoba membership of $10 and CCN registration processing fees.