Young trio trains for triathlon

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After-school activities vary, but Meghan Lukens, Penn Lukens and Patrick Weston are doing something that few -- if any -- other Steamboat Springs children are doing.

The trio is training for a triathlon.

"They were the ones who talked me into it," Weston, 12, said.

The Lukens siblings have taken part in triathlons for four years, but Saturday's TriAmerica Kidz triathlon in Avon-Vail will be Weston's first.

"They've told me how to transition from swimming to biking," Weston said.

The TriAmerica Kidz events are held in conjunction with adult races. It is a national series.

"We've been looking for a triathlon for some time," Meghan Lukens said. "You can only do them once a year. By the next one, you are totally ready for it."

Penn Lukens, 10, will be competing in the 7- to 10-year-old division. Meghan Lukens, 12, and Weston will be in the 11- to 14-year-old division.

Meghan Lukens and Weston will swim 200 meters, ride six miles on their bikes and run one mile.

Penn Lukens will swim 100 meters, ride three miles on his bike and swim a half-mile.

"I'm training on the older one so mine will be easier," Penn Lukens said.

The trio has been able to simulate the course fairly well. They swim at the Westons' pool and ride their bikes through Strawberry Park toward the high school. They then run laps on the all-weather track.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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