TCSD Youth Triathlon Program

Written by Carol Gasaway on . Posted in Articles

Tri Club of San Diego Kids' Program

Parents are welcome to have your child age 5-14 to join our Youth Program - TCSD Kids! Membership is available for $45 for the year by selecting 'Junior' for Membership Type on the Join/Renew Membership page. Prior to signing your child up for TCSD Kids, it’s important that you review the program’s Standards so you can be sure that it is a good fit for your child.

The objective of TCSD Kids is to offer a developmental youth program that supports the Mission Statement of TCSD: 

“To serve triathletes of all abilities by providing support, education and events to encourage and promote triathlon as a sport and a healthy lifestyle, and to encourage contact with other athletes and the triathlon community as a whole.”


Monthly swims, bike rides and track workouts will focus on learning proper technique and skills in each of the three disciplines of triathlon, developing healthy exercise habits and having fun in a safe and supportive environment.  TCSD Kids will also offer special events to compliment these disciplines, reinforce skills or just have fun! 

Benefits of Participation:

  • Build confidence and self-esteem in a fun and safe multisport environment
  • Fun, safe and positive early experience in multisport
  • Help prepare kids for future multisport participation
  • Instill a lifelong passion for the multisport life and healthy living
  • Quality time together for parent and child
  • Help parents learn how to support their child in multisport

Please check the TCSD calendar for exact dates and times of workouts. Starting in April 2014, TCSD Kids is hosting a Thursday evening swim workout at De Anza Cove, around the first week of the month.  A bike workout will be offered around the second week of the month.  TCSD Kids will join the Wednesday night UCSD track workout around the third week of the month.  Special events will be scheduled monthly and announced as far in advance as possible.

TCSD Kids is organized and lead by a Committee of volunteers that currently include the following individuals:

Matty Reed (Strategic Advisor) is a professional triathlete, USA National Champion, 2008 Olympian, husband, father of three kiddos and is excited to help grow the TCSD Kids Youth Program.  He brings a wealth of knowedge pertaining to the sport of triathlon.

Carol Gasaway
(Committee Chair) is a USAT Level 1 Certified Coach and mother of two TCSD Kids. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer and has an extensive background in swimming as a collegiate athlete, prior youth team coach and prior certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI). Carol is an active volunteer in the triathlon community having served in too many capacities to name.  She is a member of this year's TCSD Ambassador Team.

Linda Rich has been working with the TCSD Youth Program since its inception in 2009. She is an active member of the TCSD community having served as the Wednesday Fiesta Island bike coach leading drills and time trials, volunteer coach at beginner swims, organizing duathlons and previews of the Spring Sprint, SDIT and the Mission Bay triathlons and instructing bike safety.  She gives back to the general triathlon community having been an organizer for Wildflower for 4 years and a swim buddy at various races.  She is passionate about helping kids experience triathlon and fitness in a fun and safe environment.  Linda is a member of this year's TCSD Ambassador Team.

Liz Olsen has extensive experience in swimming having started at 7 years old in the pool and in the ocean. She served as an aid at the Marshall Street Pool in South Oceanside at an early age in their Learn to Swim Program.  She previously taught swimming as a certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI). She is an active member of TCSD and has led the Tamarack Ocean swim workouts and volunteers as a swim buddy at various races.

Melissa Merklinger is a mother of three TCSD Kids.  She is an active triathlete and volunteer. Melissa serves as an inspiration to her kids through her participation and passion for multisport and the healthy lifestyle it promotes. Her commitment to this Youth Program stems from the importance of providing all kids the opportunity to be around like-minded, fun, positive, healthy friends and adults in a non-competitive and safe atmosphere.  In the non-triathlon world, she works as a finance/tax professional.

Alexis Barnes has been an active member of the triathlon community since moving back to San Diego in 2011. A longtime competitive swimmer, she has volunteered as a swim buddy at numerous area races and has volunteered in other capacities at the San Diego Half Marathon and TCSD events. She was recently elected to serve on the USAT Southwest Region Council, where she chairs the communications committee. She is also a member of the inaugural TCSD Ambassador Team. When not training or volunteering, Alexis spends time with her husband and 5-year-old son and working on her career as a speechwriter.

Please feel free to contact the members of the Committee at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.