Reported by: Charlie Bartlett
These young athletes will be less prone to heart disease, low self-esteem, depression, and even rejection by their peers just by participating.
"Go GatorKids Triathlon!"
St. Theresa's Senior Youth Group and the Lake Charles Tri-Athletes teamed up to host the second annual GatorKids Triathlon providing a chance for kids and their families to exercise, train, and develop behaviors to support a healthy life-style.
"I think the importance is if you start young and you start exercising now then you are going to be committed and it's going to be something that you create a routine in your life," said Dawn Lebata.
"It will help your respiratory system, digestive system, everything; you will see the benefits everyday you play," saud AunJelle LaFleur.
"Obesity is a bad problem and this is one way to knock that down, they are having fun doing it, they are getting in shape," said Rusty Cart.
For these tri-athletes to stay healthy and have fun while they compete, they feel it's necessary to have a winning attitude.
"You have to know you can do it, if you don't think you can do it, you have to believe," said Briley Rome.
Committed to live a healthy life, everyone believes their pursuing steps are on the right track.
"We can have a better life in the future and we can do more activities," said Rome.
"Were hoping that more kids will play everyday and become more fit," said LaFleur.