Age Groups and Distances

Kids 4-6

  • Swim 20 yds
  • Bike 1 Mile
  • Run 100 yds

Kids 7-9 and 9-10

  • Swim 100 yds
  • Bike 2 Miles
  • Run .5 Mile

Kids 11-12 and 13-14

  • Swim 200 yds
  • Bike 4 miles
  • Run 1 mile

Registration fee includes

• athlete entry
• race T-shirt
• post-race refreshments
• swim cap
• finishers medal
• goody bag
• timing chip with splits

USAT Age Requirements

Children's ages will be determined based on their age on race day December 31, 2014 so they may be in an older age group than the age they are on race day.  Children 13 or older wanting to do a longer race should consider entering the Deuces SPRINT race.

All TOUGHKids series' races including the Championship Event are USAT sanctioned and will therefore follow USAT Competitive Rules. Those include but are not limited to:

  • Each athlete must be USAT Insured – see next section for more details
  • Athletes will race according to their age as of December 31st that year
  • No floatation devices of any kind are permitted during the swim
  • Once transition closes only athletes and race officials my enter the area until the last participant has completed the bike and is on to the run course
  • All athletes must wear a helmet approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission during the bike portion. No time trial or "aero" helmets allowed
  • Helmets must be fastened before mounting the bicycle and remain fastened until the participant has completely dismounted; NO Aero helmets are allowed.
  • Aero bars, disk wheels and/or solid wheel cover are NOT permitted
  • Cyclists must ride in safe manner, which includes riding in the right lane, keeping two bike lengths between the person in front of them, and passing on the left only
  • No Aero

There are no refunds. If your child is unable to participate for whatever reason please contact us before September 2 to make arrangements.


Top 3 Overall Boys AND Girls in each age group:

4-6  •  7-8  •  9-10  •  11-12  •  13-14

TOUGHKids Champions Wave

To qualify for a slot in the Champions Wave, you would need to either:

1) Finish in the top 3 boys/top 3 girls for your specific age at any ONE of the 2014 series' races
2) Be the 1st place girl or boy for your specific age at last year's TOUGHKids race (does not apply to kids moving up an age group this year)
3) Become an All-Star by racing in 3 of the 7 series races

This wave is invitation only and will start 3 minutes ahead of the main pack, to give them the racing advantage of smooth waters, empty transition area and a clear bike and run course. The final racing times are weighted so that there is no timing advantage to starting earlier. In essence, an athlete from the main wave can still win a podium place if they have a top 3 finishing time in the age group.
Qualifier Slots

Upon completion of one of the qualifying summer races, you will be notified by email that you have earned a slot to the elite wave at the TOUGHKids Championship Race in September if you finished in a top 3 position in your specific age. Invitations will be sent approximately 2 weeks after each race. You will be given a registration code to allow you
to register in the event that the TOUGHKids race has sold out. If you have already registered for the Championship race and later receive a Champions Wave invite – please inform us immediately so that we can place you in the elite wave on our system.

There are no discounts provided. You will be placed in the "Champions Wave" and receive a different cap color than the rest of your age group. There is no obligation to use this qualifying slot, but note that the registration code is non-transferable. Invitations are the same for each event: 66 per event.
The slots will be divided per age group:
9 Boys / 9 Girls age 4-6
12 Boys / 12 Girls age 7-10
12 Boys / 12 Girls age 11-14.
Qualified Slots – Prior TOUGHKids Winners

If you finished in first place in your specific age at last year's 2013 TOUGHKids Championship Race you automatically qualify for a slot in this year's TOUGHKids Championship Race's "Champions Wave". You will be notified by email by JAN 31 that you have earned a slot. Athletes will be given a different color cap from the rest of your age group to indicate you are in the elite "Champions Wave" and starting 3 minutes prior to the rest of your age group.

All-Star TOUGH Kids

There's one way you can receive an automatic qualifying spot to the Championship Race... Compete in three of the seven series races! We have created a unique award category and special prizes to kids competing in four TOUGHKids 2014 races. So regardless of what place you finish in any of the races, you will still be placed in the Champions Wave and brought up on stage at the Championship Race in Croton, and will be recognized as an All-Star TOUGH Kid!
TOUGHKids Championship Series

Supporting youth triathlons nation-wide, TOUGHKids is committed to kids in sports and the importance of developing skills and achievement to enhance their confidence and self-esteem.

In 2014 there are eight series race in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Indiana and a Championship race in September in Croton on the Hudson, NY.

At the Championship race, there will be a "Champions Wave" - an elite wave that leads each age-group pack by 3 minutes. This wave is by invitation only. The Championship race has open registration for the first 300 kids. Open registration means that your child will go off in the larger age group wave (not part of the "Champions Wave"). You therefore do not have to participate in the Championship series to race the TOUGHKids Triathlon - you can register directly as long as slots are still available. Once 300 slots have filled, the only way to race TOUGHKids is by qualifying in the top 3 of your age at one of the races in the series (e.g. if you are 11 years old you must be a top 3 finisher of all the 11 year olds in that race).

The Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival includes Long Course, Olympic, Sprint and XTERRA triathlon events, as well as a YOUTH TRIATHLON, so it truly is a family event! The White Mountains offer a cool reprieve from the hotter temperatures experienced in other parts of Arizona, and showcase some breathtaking scenery throughout the courses. Need more reasons to come race with us? A portion of proceeds from the events go to charity, and we are also a green event! All races will be sanctioned by USAT and are made possible with the cooperation of Arizona State Parks, the City of Show Low, the US Forest Service and ADOT.