Triathlon season? Bring the kids!

BRINGtheKIDZ is blazing the trail for child care at YOUR next event!

Content sponsored by BRINGtheKIDZ

 

Picture it: It’s the morning of your first (or second, or fiftieth…) Olympic distance triathlon. You (and possibly also your partner) have been training for months, sacrificing your time, adjusting your diet, juggling your schedule, all for this goal. You wake up and wait for the babysitter to arrive so you can get to transition to set up. You wait. And wait. And wait. Texts go unanswered. Transition is opening. The babysitter is not coming. Now what??

Colorado mom, runner, and triathlon-dabbler Michelle Kalinski had faced this scenario too many times and decided to find a solution. In 2014, she founded PRKids (now called BRINGtheKIDZ) a Boulder-based company whose mission is to provide worry-free, on-site race day childcare so that you will not find yourself in that position!

 

With two children under the age of three, Kalinski was tired of switching off races with her husband. She desperately needed both training goals to motivate her and quality child care at the crack of dawn on weekends. She searched for a race that offered child care onsite, but came up empty.  This was surprising, considering that according to Running USA and USA Triathlon, participation in running and triathlon has grown rapidly over the last decade, especially for females. A 2009 study even revealed that 44% of “average” triathletes in the US have children at home. That is a lot of early-morning child care juggling!

 

After discussing the issue with numerous parent-athletes, Kalinski decided to fill this need and set in motion the creation of PRKids, a child care company that works with and for families on race morning (You can read more about the backstory on our blog). After wading through far more bureaucracy than anticipated, PRKids launched in September 2015 at the Boulder Backroads Marathon, and, at the time of this writing (March 2017) has provided services at 28 events in Colorado, with 15 events currently on the calendar for 2017. This year, we are excited to have added a number of new events, including eight triathlons!

 

05/29/2017         BolderBoulder

06/03/2017         Colorado Triathlon

06/04/2017         Boulder Rez Half Marathon 

06/24/2017         TriBella Sprint Triathlon

06/25/2017         Boulder Sunrise Triathlon

07/09/2017         Boulder Peak Triathlon

07/23/2017         Tri Boulder

07/30/2017         Outdoor Divas Triathlon

08/26/2017         Boulder Sunset Triathlon

09/04/2017         FORTitude 10k

09/17/2017         5430 Triathlon

10/01/2017         Boulder Backroads Marathon 

10/08/2017         Boulder Rez Marathon

10/28/2017         Monster Dash

11/18/2017         Pumpkin Pie 5k/10k

How it works:
Advance registration is required so that we can plan for staffing and supplies, and families with more than one child will normally pay half price for each child after the first. Pricing varies based on race distance.

– BRINGtheKIDZ (formerly PRKids) sets up onsite at the event and typically opens check-in an hour before the first start time to allow parent-athletes plenty of time to get set up and wait in the porta-potty line before the starting gun goes off. Children are signed in and parents and kids are issued matching wristbands to facilitate pickup.

– Children are welcomed with a warm-up activity and are led through a series of fun age and developmentally-appropriate activities until parents check them out at the end of the event. See some photos of our fun HERE.

– The pickup window is generous, allowing parents to take their time during and after the race, and often arrangements can be made in advance in situations where an athlete needs a bit of extra time.

The most amazing part is that everyone involved benefits from onsite race childcare. Parents do not have to worry about last-minute sitter cancellations or no-shows, or feel guilty about leaving the kids behind for the day (or simply miss them!). Children get to spend time “in the action” at the race, seeing their parents achieve the goals they have long trained for and cheering them over the finish line, as well as having lots of fun with new friends and BRRINGtheKIDZ staff. And since more couples will be able to participate in races together instead of switching off and competing only one at a time due to child care concerns, event organizers can benefit from increased registrations. Win-win-win!

 

For 2017, BRINGtheKIDZ has unveiled a number of new features, including a new name (that’s a big one!), an ambassador program, a blog, a newsletter, and a new website that is currently in development. We are growing fast and are so excited to be a part of this community and to allow families to pursue their goals while still spending the day together!

 

 

If we haven’t already convinced you of how awesome BRINGtheKIDZ is, here is what some of our customers have told us:

  • “My son was a little shy at first but when I picked him up he said he wanted to go back every time I run. We cannot wait until next time.” – M.G. (Pumpkin Pie 2015)

 

  • “Michelle and the PRKids crew are awesome!  They always have plenty of fun things planned for the kiddos to do from art projects to active games to cheering on the runners.  My daughter loves PRKids camps!” – E.M.(Kooky Spooky 2015)

 

  • “PRKids watched my 7 year old son at Boulder Sunset Tri.  I took longer than expected, and they kept him past time with no complaints or issues.  I took both my kids (ages 4 and 7) to PRKids at the Pumpkin Pie 5k.  It was great because I got to race with my husband.  My daughter got a face painting and declared it the best day ever!” – J.K. (Boulder Sunset Tri 2016)

 

  • “My two children had such a great time at the Pumpkin Pie 5k/10k kids camp. They both met friends to play with during the camp. My son is 9 and my daughter is 6. They enjoyed face painting, crafts, games and snacks. They said they couldn’t wait to do it again.” – J.G. (Pumpkin Pie 2016)

We hope you will join us this season. Stay connected to us on Facebook (/bringthekidz) and Instagram (@bringthekidz), and subscribe to our newsletter!

 

XX2i Optics Gift Guide from Rudy Project

The following is sponsored content from Rudy Project

 

The holidays are right around the corner, and XX2i Optics is here to provide you with a wide range of options for everyone in your circle of family and friends, from the weekend warrior to the superstar pro athlete. Check out our top picks for the 2016 giving season, and don’t forget all XX2i shades come with a 365 day money back guarantee and a lifetime frame and lens warranty.

 

 

Hawaii1

Perfect for: The Hardcore Competitor

 

The Hawaii1 is XX2i’s latest performance-oriented sunglass, featuring a top of the line carbon frame built for any athletic endeavor that weighs in just under 0.8 ounces. The Hawaii1 comes standard with polarized lenses that employ 8K optical technology, ensuring the utmost frame durability and lens clarity for any kind of outdoor training and racing. A fully adjustable nosepiece combined with rubber temple tips make the Hawaii1 ideal for any face shape, and ensure these shades don’t budge or slide. Available in three versatile colors, Matte Black, Matte Tortoise, and White, the Hawaii1 is the piece of gear you need to crush the competition.

 

POLARIZED SPORT READERS

Perfect for: The Detail-Oriented Outdoorsman

 

XX2i Optics Polarized Sport Reader sunglasses make versatility the name of the game – sport sunglasses that give you up close clarity when you need it. With multiple frame styles and colors, the Polarized Sport Readers are available with discrete backside magnification zones in +1.50, +2.00 and +2.50 providing a range of superb optical solutions. All three compatible frames (France1, France2, and USA1) offer fully adjustable temple tips and nose pads to ensure a solid face fit that won’t shift when you look down at your phone or fishing lure. Every pair comes with a 365 day money back guarantee and a lifetime frame and lens warranty – even against scratches.

 

France2 Pro Kit

Perfect for: The Any Day, Any Time Athlete

 

Designed with the aid of top athletes, the France2 Pro Kit offers unparalleled performance while going easy on your wallet. Featuring one frame and three spare lenses, the France2 Pro Kit is the ideal solution for athletes training around the clock with variable light conditions. With multiple styles, colors, and lens configurations available, the France2 provides a range of superb optical solutions. Made from flexible and strong Grilamid, this frame is incredibly sturdy and includes fully adjustable temple tips and nose pads to ensure an accurate, individual face fit that holds strong while remaining feather light.

 

 

Bermuda1

Perfect for: Your Stylish Sibling

 

As one of XX2i’s first casual models, the Bermuda1 is the ultimate go-to sunglass that doesn’t break the bank. Available in classic Matte Black, Matte Tortoise, White & Black, and Crystal Black, the Bermuda1 is the perfect accessory for any adventure, whether that is a trip to the beach or a quick walk with the dog. Using the same advanced materials as XX2i’s performance models, the Bermuda1 comes standard with polarized lenses that employ 8K optical technology, ensuring the utmost frame durability and lens clarity.

 

USA1 Dual Pack

Perfect for: The Adventurous and Stylish

The USA1 Dual Kit contains two pairs of sunglasses and three sets of spare lenses. A tank protector case and two microfiber soft carrying bags (that can also be used as cleaning cloths) are also included with these frames. The features on these sunglasses are perfect for running, cycling, golfing, fishing, or just about any outdoor activity. Like all XX2i shades, the USA1 comes standard with adjustable temple tips and nose pads for a custom fit on any face. The USA1 Dual Kit is also the winner of Gear Institute’s “Best Value Sunglasses” award, making them a superb choice for the outdoorsman or woman who needs versatility, and frames that compliment their outdoor apparel.

 

XX2i Trucker Hat

Perfect for: The Edgy Explorer

 

This 6 panel, classic trucker has a woven cotton front, mesh back for breathability, and an adjustable snapback to ensure a comfortable and secure fit. The raised embroidered thread logo puts it a cut above your average trucker hat, with clean side logos and an elevated crown design making it compatible with your favorite pair of featherlight XX2i Optics sunglasses.  Small details, like the white stitching on the bill and the embroidered logo on the back, make this the perfect stocking stuffer.

More Great Gift Ideas From Rudy Project

The following is sponsored content from Rudy Project

 

The holidays are right around the corner, and Rudy Project is here to show you the latest and greatest gear for the athlete in your life.  With so many wonderful products to share, this post will highlight helmets and transition gear.  Watch for more great gift ideas from Rudy.

 

Here are our best helmet picks for the 2016 Holiday Season.

 

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BOOST 01

Why it rocks: Crafted in Italy’s famous Pininfarina wind tunnel with the aid of aerodynamics guru John Cobb, the Boost 01 is Rudy Project’s first-ever road aero helmet. Incorporating many advances in fluid dynamics which has made Rudy Project a staple in the aero / TT helmet world, the Boost 01 is a technological marvel. Featuring 10 vents to assure superior ventilation and a forward placed aerodynamic pressure zone to reduce neck torque, riders can go further, harder and in more intense heat while maintaining superior drag reduction. Lightweight and compact weighing in less than 10 ounces, the Boost 01 is unmistakably Rudy Project.

Who to buy it for: The aero athlete that never settles for less than the best.

 

 sterling

STERLINGStand Out. Be Seen. Be Safe.

The Sterling was designed with the aid of an Italian hat craftsman to provide the utmost in comfort & safety. 18 vents assure you’re properly cooled while the RSR7 retention system provides on-the-fly, single-handed adjustment. The Sterling is available in number of bright fluo colors and comes with a removable bug net and visor. This is a helmet loved by cyclists all over the world at all ability levels. We recommend Yellow Fluo for men and Pink Fluo for women. Comes with an optional visor.

Who to buy it for: The road racer with style.

 

wing57

WING57TheFastestHelmetOnThePlanet.com

Why it rocks: The Wing57 is the reason Rudy Project has won #1 Aero / TT helmet of the IRONMAN® World Championship in Kona for the last six consecutive years. A breakthrough of scientific research, the Wing57 utilizes multiple new technologies including a fully integrated and removable optical shield, a dorsal ridge to change lateral wind force into forward momentum, and the new patented Vortex Killer System which straightens tail air flow and significantly reduces drag.

Who to buy it for:  The triathlete who just needs to shave a few more minutes off to qualify for Kona.

 

Transition Gear

 

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TRANSITION 46The Triathlete’s Toolbox

Winner of Triathlete Magazine’s 2015 ‘Best in Class’ award, this all-in-one bag is available in two slick colors, and can be changed from duffel to backpack with the switch of a strap. Equipped with 270 degrees of broad storage access, the Transition 46 contains a hidden helmet holder with adjustable straps, a padded protective eyewear pocket, and a ventilated shoe compartment. This triathlete toolbox also includes a waterproof bottom ideal for wetsuit storage, and three additional drawstring bags labeled for swimming, biking, and post-race apparel. Most importantly, the front pocket features a transparent ID window and race day checklist, so you’ll never leave gear at home again.

Who to buy it for:  The athlete that loves to be organized. Or needs to be more organized.

 

Best sunglasses picks here

Rudy Project Holiday Gift Guide

The following is sponsored content from Rudy Project

 

The holidays are right around the corner, and Rudy Project is here to show you the latest and greatest gear for the athlete in your life.  With so many wonderful products to share, this post will highlight eye wear.  Watch for more great gift ideas from Rudy.

Here are our top sunglasses picks for the 2016 Holiday Season.

 

synform

 

SYNFORMThe Foldable Sport Sunglass

Rudy Project took the eyewear industry by storm with the release of the Synform, the brand’s most technologically advanced sunglass design. Built upon 3 years of development with professional athletes and mechanical engineers, the Synform is a one of a kind, completely foldable performance sunglass. Featuring many of Rudy Project’s core technologies, including vented interchangeable lenses, fully adjustable temple tips, and the Ergonose 8™ nosepiece, the Synform can be custom fit to every face. This sturdy sunglass is ultralight, made with Kynetium™ Alloy temples and a Grilamid chassis to ensure toughness. The Synform™ is prescription friendly, and can be digitally surfaced along the backside of the lenses for edge-to-edge coverage.

Who to buy it for: The gearhead who you thought had everything.

 

fotonyk

 

FOTONYKCustomize Your Performance Look

Two years of intense research and countless hours of design have culminated in Rudy Project’s latest performance sunglasses: the Fotonyk. Featuring an all new ‘Lens Bumper’ system, the Fotonyk provides enhanced protection to the face during falls or impacts, all while offering a customizable look. The bumpers, which are available in an array of colors, can even be removed to create a half-rim lens with an unobstructed view. In addition to this new technology, air channels are strategically placed at the top of the lens so users can easily manage internal airflow and mitigate fog. The fully adjustable ErgonoseX™ nosepiece and variety of interchangeable lenses, including the unbreakable and photochromic ImpactX lens, make the Fotonyk an individualized gear piece specific to the wearer’s unique style and face shape. The Fotonyk is also available with high-tech prescription solutions such as the brand new Optical Dock, capable of high strength corrections in a sturdy removable platform.

Who to buy it for: The fashion forward racer that loves everything custom.

 

tralyx

TRALYXWhat the Pros Wear

If you saw Aussie Tim Reed roar past the finish line at the 70.3 IRONMAN World Championship this year, you saw the Tralyx in action. Rudy Project redefined the pinnacle of sports eyewear technology with the top selling Tralyx performance sunglass. The powerful and dynamic design takes Rudy Project a step forward into the future, while
building upon 30 years of technical innovation in the eyewear industry. With brand new features such as the unique PowerFlow™ ventilation system, Adaptive Tips™, and the Ergonose™ IX nosepiece, the Tralyx is an absolute showstopper. This sunglass is also available with ImpactX-2 lenses, Rudy Project’s most durable photochromic lenses. We recommend the White Gloss frame for men and Rubin Gloss for women.

Who to buy it for: Photochromic lenses for early morning running geek, and buy yourself a pair with multilaser lenses.

 

airgrip

 

AIRGRIPThe Perfect Blend of Sport and Casual

The elegantly crafted Airgrip combines features and style to support your daily adventures, all while protecting your eyes in unique wraparound style. With distinctive triangular vents located on the temples, the Airgrip pairs superb airflow with excellent design. For outdoor enthusiasts who may need complete side protection, a soft closed-cell shield can be easily interchanged with the included open-cell comfort pad. Available with prescription lenses as well as three sport-specific packages – Sailing, Cycling, and Outdoor – the Airgrip is engineered to deliver superior protection from light, wind, dust, and other harsh atmospheric elements.

Who to buy it for: The high altitude backpacker who needs lenses that perform, no questions asked.

 

rydon-performance-kit

 

RYDON PERFORMANCE KITThe Ultimate Gift

Rudy Project’s all-time bestselling performance sunglass frame has been combined with 5 optically superior lenses to create the Rydon Performance Kit. Incredibly lightweight and completely adjustable, the Rydon frame accommodates all faces with a precise and custom fit, which easily adapts to your shooting position or ventilation requirements. Built in QuickChange™ technology enables rapid lens swaps between the 5 included lenses (Laser Copper, Action Brown, Clear, Yellow & Red Racing) depending upon lighting conditions or to increase the contrast of your intended target.

Who to buy it for:  The weekend warrior who appreciates the stylish and functional.

 

 

 

SPINHAWK & SOUNDWAVE  CASUAL SUNGLASSES

Why the Soundwave rocks: The Soundwave is one of the newer additions to Rudy Project’s Casual Sunglass Collection. This simple yet fashion-forward design is available in a variety of frame colors, complimented by Rudy Project’s precisely crafted lenses, including Rudy Project’s renowned Polar3FX option. Completely Rx-able with edge-to-edge surfaced lenses, the Soundwave is a sleek and versatile lifestyle design, perfect for the sidelines or the podium. Our favorite is the Ice Graphite Matte frame with Multilaser Violet lenses.

Who to buy it for:  The beautiful badass with effortless style.

 

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Soundwave
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Spinhawk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMPACTX-2

Unbreakable Photochromic Optics

Building on Rudy Project’s ImpactX technology and after years of laboratory research and field tests with professional athletes, we’re proud to introduce ImpactX-2, a new array of technical lenses with uparalleled cutting edge photochromic particles. The lenses go from dark to light within a few seconds, and enhance contrast, even in darker conditions.

Polar 3FX

This revolutionary application of science and optics makes it possible to eliminate annoying glare and eye fatigue while not having to sacrifice visual clarity. After years of research and refinement, Polar 3FX was perfected by combining advance polycarbonate technology and process with cutting edge coatings, ensuring complete elimination of glare, polarized light, and harmful UV rays. The technology’s light absorption and molecular properties enhance contrast and depth perception while maintaining color integrity and minimizing eye strain.