Junior students at Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i can add a new accomplishment to their high school careers: triathlete. On April 28th, 142 students of the class of 2015 swam, biked and ran to earn that distinction.
Students completed a super sprint triathlon which was comprised of a 400 meter swim, a 10 kilometer bike and a 2.5 kilometer run. Participants were broken into three successive heats, completing their swimming distance in a pool and then completing a bike and run course on-campus.
The event was the culmination of a physical education program that starts with a freshman 5 mile run and sophomore biathlon. Completing these, along with the triathlon, is a part of the school’s graduation requirements.
Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i made the transition to individual students completing a triathlon in 2009. Prior to that, students would complete a relay triathlon in teams of three, each tackling their preferred skill.
“We hope in the end this builds confidence in themselves so that when they venture on their own as adults that they see fitness is a big part of their life, they stay in shape and healthy. That’s our goal,” shared Ryan Cabalse, physical education and health teacher at the KS Hawai‘i campus.
The top male competitor was Caleb Baptiste (40:09) and the top female competitor was Pua Wong (44:43).
After completing the rigorous challenge, students were treated to an afternoon of fun, relaxing pampering activities including lomilomi massage and mani/pedi treatments, thanks to the support of parents and other staff volunteers.