Inaugural Portland Kids Duathlon got kids biking and running – and raised $5,245!

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Inaugural Portland Kids Duathlon got kids biking and running – and raised $5,245!

Portland Kids Duathlon

The finish line was filled with proud smiles – from kids and parents alike – during the inaugural Portland Kids Duathlon, which took place in Bayside on July 15.

Presented by Benchmark Residential & Investment Real Estate and CycleMania, the Portland Kids Duathlon enabled kids ages 5-12 to compete in a run-bike-run event (younger kids ran once and biked), complete with transition area, marked course, and a finish line medal, just like the grownups.

Volunteers helped guide participants along the course, which took place on the East End and Bayside trails, with a transition area in the parking lot of CycleMania. Kids could also pose for pictures on the podium.

And while some participants seemed to breeze right along, cycling and sprinting like no one’s business, this was an impressive feat for everyone. These kids put their hearts into it, and it showed.

The event also raised $5,245 for the Portland Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works with Portland Public Schools in order to raise philanthropic support in response to district needs.

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Check out all the photos from the event on the Portland Kids Duathlon Facebook page.

For more info about the event and to stay apprised of next year’s Portland Kids Duathlon: and

Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan

I don't like "exercise" any more than you do. But you know what I do like? Paddleboarding with a friend all afternoon (and then sitting in the grass to drink chardonnay). Bike rides and nachos, hikes, yoga classes held in breweries, group paddles to Fort Gorges, you get the idea. Because Maine is my gym.