Since its debut in 2004, the Lincoln Kids Triathlon "Splash, Mash and Dash" has been a big hit with kids and parents. Created to get kids moving, the June 30th race included swimming, bicycle riding and running as its three events. Marketing / advertising opportunities were offered to sponsors to help offset costs. Race Director, Karen Lewis reported, “This year we will have an inflatable arch which we can use to promote our major sponsors of the race."
Distances for each event varied by age. Activities were started in waves to keep events from being too crowded. Kids began with swimming laps in the pool then moved immediately into bike riding. The finale was a 3/4-mile run that ended with kids sprinting through the inflatable arch at the finish line.
Event marketing coordinators sold advertising on the inflatable arch - a perfect plan since the finish line is always a focal point of any race.
In the first year, the race attracted 150 kids. This year they increased that to 205. Overall, it was a huge success for everyone involved!