We are proud to announce – FINALLY – that registration is OPEN for the 2013 edition of the Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon!!!

sfs1In our 7-year history, this will be our first Fall race and we’ll celebrate it with an all-new venue and better race course (speed-bump free, wider roadways and fewer hills). The 2013 race will be in the southern part of Chapel Hill, NC on September 8th and the brand-new Briar Chapel neighborhood: www.briarchapelnc.com

Our 2011 event drew over 850 participants and was the largest kid’s triathlon in the USA and it was followed up with a 2012 event that was smaller due to the venue safety restrictions of the Chapel Hill Country Club. That forced us to move the race in 2013 and find a new home for our event. We had hoped to locate it on the campus of the University of North Carolina, but the amount of construction on campus and roadway restrictions made that impossible (and now their outdoor pool is closed!).

sfs2Our top priority for a new venue was safety and nearly as important was growth potential so we don’t have to move it again for a while – with Briar Chapel, we found both!

Open to kids from ages 5-18 (yes, now 5-year olds can participate), the Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon is a USA-Triathlon sanctioned event and includes two courses for ALL levels of participants. In addition, we have a limited number of relay teams made up of kids of any and all ages (one kid will swim, another bike and the third will run the course — all relay participants and teams will do the Long Course).

So, go register NOW here:



  1. Vicki Nizen
    August 23, 2013

    $80 for a short course kids triathlon? That is ridiculous, I don’t pay that much for an international/Olympic triathlon for adults!! I have 3 kids that wanted to do this, but that cost is way too expensive. Too bad you couldn’t make it more affordable to everyone.

    • Emily Dean
      August 23, 2013

      We are sorry to hear that you think our race experience is too expensive. When registration opened back in May, the price was $45. It steadily rose ($10 each time) over the next three months – in an effort to encourage early registration. You happen to be trying to register your kids less than 3-weeks before the race for a race that is 1-not just an olympic triathlon (we put on a race experience like NONE OTHER for these kids – including awesome medals, GOOD QUALITY t-shirts, a bunch or entertainment at the finish line, GOOD food for them at the finish line AND we also have entertainment for siblings that may be there that don’t race). and, 2- its a fundraiser for UNC Children’s Hospital.

      90% of the triathlons you’ve likely raced are for-profit races, have little to no entertainment for kids, provide none (or crappy medals) and do NOT provide an experience your kids will remember, forever.

      We wish you would have discovered our race earlier in the registration process as the price was certainly closer to what you are accustomed to. However, as we get closer to the race, everything is more expensive as we add more kids. We have to adjust accordingly as we are, a fundraiser. 100% (yes, 100%) of what we raise goes to the UNC Children’s Hospital. And, best of all, ALL OF US (including me, the writer of this post) are volunteers. We have no employees, paid interns or overhead – we do this all for the kids.

      One other thing that might help you understand our pricing; In an adult race USA-T Sanctioned race you might see volunteers on the course every once in a while telling you to turn or handing out water. But, for a kids sanctioned race, we have to have three to four times as many volunteers on the course, we have to pay 3X the insurance rate and we have to outfit all our volunteers CLEARLY – so the kids know who they are – that, too, increases the cost of a kids race. A kids race is typically 40-50% more expensive to produce – and ours has been voted THE BEST kid’s sporting event in the state of North Carolina 3 years in a row by Endurance Magazine readers (not just best kid’s triathlon – best kid’s event).

      So, we pride ourselves on holding a quality event.

      I hope you will reconsider and give the Swim for Smiles Youth Triathlon a try in 2013! I assure you that your kids will tell you , on the drive home, this was the best race, ever.

  2. Randy Beebe
    August 25, 2013

    We registered our 7-yr old for the 2013 race, but have not seen any informational emails regarding the race. Have any been sent? If so, is there an archive we can access? If not, will any be sent to participants? Thank you.

    • Emily Dean
      August 26, 2013

      All registered participants will be receiving 10 emails from us over the next 12 days – by then you will be sick of us! In the meantime, go here for more information.

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