Maple Grove, MN – CycleHealth, a division of the YMCA of the North, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, will host its BreakAway Kids Tri on Saturday, August 19 at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove.

For the first time, kids have a shorter life expectancy than their parents due to factors such as a sedentary lifestyle and declining participation in organized sports. Local pediatricians in more than 50 clinics are collaborating with CycleHealth to change this trend by prescribing fun, unique activities, including the BreakAway Kids Tri. Two course distances are offered so kids of all abilities can swim, bike and run to the finish line. Both courses feature fun obstacles along the way.

"It's great to prescribe something fun and healthy rather than medication. Kids love it; families are energized to be healthier together," said Dr. Shelly Strong of Central + Priority Pediatrics.

"CycleHealth makes sweating fun for kids. Once they get involved, they don't want to stop," added Dr. Tracy Hall of South Lake Pediatrics.

“The YMCA and CycleHealth are proud to work with community partners to provide unique wellness opportunities for kids,” said Glen Gunderson, president and CEO of the Y. “When we empower young people to develop healthy habits early, we set them up for future success.”


YMCA of the North CycleHealth and the Three River Parks District


Breakaway Kids Tri by CycleHealth


Elm Creek Park Reserve at 12400 James Deane Parkway in Maple Grove, MN 55369


Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Racing begins at 9:00 a.m. and finishes around 10:45 a.m.