KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Crown Cleaners is excited to announce a new triathlon series for kids of East Tennessee, just in time to beat summer boredom.

The Kids Triple Crown Challenge will be composed of three events: the Salamander Splash & Dash on June 21 at Knoxville’s Westside YMCA, the Sharks & Seals Kids Tri on July 19 at Springbrook Pool in Alcoa and the Dragonfly Kids Tri on August 16 at the Knoxville Racquet Club. The schedule is the same for each event. Late registration and check-in will start at 7 a.m. Kids between seven and ten years old will begin racing at 8:30 a.m., while kids between the ages of 11 and 15 will begin racing at 9 a.m. Awards will be at 10 a.m. Registration is $60 through June 7. After that date, registration will be $70.

Don Holecek, owner of Crown Cleaners, is a former triathlete. He said the sport is perfect for kids of all abilities. They don’t have to be strong at all three components - swimming, biking and running - in order to do well because each is just one part of the overall race.

“So if you are not a good swimmer, the race is not terribly long in terms of the swim portion. You might do better on the bike or you might do better in a run,” Holecek added.

In addition, because the Kids Triple Crown Challenge allows relay teams to register, kids can make it work for what they’re interested in and for their athletic ability. Competing as a team isn’t unusual; Holecek and his children have competed in triathlons as a relay team.

Series participants will receive a 22-ounce water bottle and a t-shirt with the series logo. At each event, racers also will receive race shirts and finisher medals.

"We're trying to create a little bit of specialness, kind of like a badge of honor,” Holecek said.

In addition, registrants will receive free entry to the 2014 Race Day Events Kids Triathlon Clinic on Saturday, June 7 at the Knoxville Racquet Club. At the clinic, various youth triathlon drills and skills will be covered from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Proper bike racking technique also will be covered, but a bicycle will not be required. Swim and running gear will be required for the clinic.

For more information or to register for the Kids Triple Crown Challenge, visit

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Since the 1960s, Crown Cleaners has provided imperial service for all dry cleaning needs. With unwavering attention to detail and customer care, Crown continues to earn the trust of yet another generation of citizens in Knoxville, Tenn. We have two locations to serve our customers: 6300 Kingston Pike and 9409 Northshore Drive. Additional information about Crown Cleaners can be found at

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