May 1, 2013
AVON PARK -- We're just a week-and-a-half away from Race 2, at South Florida State College in Avon Park.  The address for your GPS is: 600 W. College Drive, Avon Park, 33825. Please see the pictures below for parking directions.

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The distances are as follows for each age group:
Juniors 5-8
50m swim, 2 mile bike, 1/2 mile run

Intermediates 9-11
100m swim, 4 mile bike, 1 mile run

Seniors 12-15
150m swim, 6 mile bike, 1 1/2 mile run

April 1, 2013
LAKE PLACID -- We’re excited to announce a big change for our Lake Placid race that we think will increase participation while taking into account the weather that can wildly fluctuate this time of year.

Originally planned as a lake-swim triathlon, we’re going to make this a duathlon for our kids. We believe this alleviates the expensive cost of buying wetsuits that our children will grow out of all too soon. Plus, many of us haven’t had time to get quality swim training in, meaning we’re less prepared and those who would otherwise register might skip out on this early-season race.

We want to let you know of this change now, so you don’t bring extra or unnecessary equipment all the way to Lake Placid. 

For those unfamiliar with the format, duathlons are traditionally run-bike-run. The first run is typically shorter than the second run. Duathlons are growing in popularity in Florida and across the nation as those who fear open water swims are taking to this landlubber’s format.

The distances are as follows for each age group:
Juniors 5-8
1/4 mile run, 2 mile bike, 1/2 mile run

Intermediates 9-11
1/2 mile run, 4 mile bike, 1 mile run

Seniors 12-15
1/2 mile run, 6 mile bike, 1 1/2 mile run

We see this is a great opportunity to kick off the youth season and look forward to RHYTS Lake Placid being the kickoff to a great season of racing and setting the benchmark for the RHYTS season.

Early registration closes soon (click here to register online via Active). We will have last-minute registration open on Friday, April 12 from 5:30-7 p.m. and Saturday April 13 from 5:30-6:45 a.m. Please help out the planning process by registering TODAY! All pre-registered participants will receive an additional email the week of the race outlining event details, course walk-through and other logistical points of interest.

Feb. 12, 2013
SEBRING -- We're pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Hearthland Triathlon that will make the oldest triathlon in our county the host of our series finale. The date for this race is June 15 and you can find all the information you need, including registration for 6-10 year olds here and 11-15 year olds right here. We encourage all the moms and dads who are triathletes too, we encourage you to sign up for their renown sprint or their brand-new-for-2013 Olympic distance.

Rock'n Heartland Youth Triathlon Series awards will be presented at the completion of Heartland Tri's youth races. But, if this is the series finale, what about the rest of the races?

We're glad you asked!

Nov. 5, 2012
LAKE PLACID -- Registration is now open for Race 1, which is one of five races during the Lake Placid Multi-Sport Festival. Check out our registration page for more information. Now, this is a big secret and it's not even supposed to posted here but we have a special discount code for prior participants of RHYTS. But, they're not validating prior registration, so anybody reading this can use the discount code and save an additional 10% the already-low registration. 
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But, get in there and use it before it's gone. The discount expires at the end of the month, or whenever the Race Director gets wind of this rogue post. Oh, yes, head over to Active and enter code "RHYTS2012" to save big ... and you didn't hear it from me. ~ Webmaster.

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Sept. 13, 2012
AVON PARK -- This just in: South Florida State College has signed on to be the host venue for Race No. 2.

"We are looking forward to racing on their beautiful campus and thank them for their support," said Rock'n Heartland Youth Triathlon Series race director Dan Andrews on receiving the confirmation. "In addition, we listened to our survey respondents and each race is on a Saturday this year. We are excited about the new racing year and hope you will put our races on your calendar."

To help you do that, here are the race dates and locations for 2013:
  • Race 1, April 13, Lake June Park, Lake Placid (15 minutes south of Sebring)
  • Race 2, May 11, South Florida State College, Avon Park (5 minutes north of Sebring)
  • Race 3, July 20, Sebring. 

Aug. 24, 2012 
SEBRING -- We're planning three races for next year's series. The first race will be Saturday, April 13, 2012 at Lake June Park in Lake Place, an agricultural community known for providing most of the world with the beloved caladium plant.  While this youth tri is a points race for RHYTS, it's just one component of a larger multi-sport festival spanning two days featuring five races.

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