PEI

Students put endurance to the test in triathlon

Eighty students from grades 7 to 12 gathered in Summerside to swim, cycle and run on Monday.
A student cycles in P.E.I.'s first student triathlon in Summerside. (CBC)

P.E.I.'s first school triathlon drew dozens of students to Summerside Monday. Eighty students from grades 7 to 12 gathered to swim, cycle and run.

"I just wanted to try something new and see if I would be good at it," said Marshall Jones, a student at Athena Consolidated.

Teacher C. J. Studer said the event was about participation, not competition. (CBC)

There were no medals or trophies for this mini-triathlon. Organizers wanted to put the focus on participation, not competition.

C. J. Studer, the phys-ed teacher behind the event, said not many students knew about triathlons before this.

"Just to have this on the Island and have the kids understand, 'You know what, I can do three sports in one,'" he told CBC News.

"And when it gets them off the couch on a beautiful day like this, I can't be any more excited."

About 60 volunteers, including some teachers, spent their Victoria Day helping out.

Studer plans is to hold a similar event next year.