Continuing the Jim Brinkerhoff Youth Triathlon Tradition

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Gila Hank’s Youth Sprint Triathlon is a Swim, Bike, Run event for participants between 11 and 17 years old. The triathlon consists of a 75-yard swim, 6-mile bike, and 1.5-mile run. Participants can compete as an individual (do the whole thing yourself) or as part of a relay team (swimmer, cyclist or runner) that you form prior to the triathlon. Leaders and adults are welcome to participate as individuals or relay team. The goals of Gila Hank’s Sprint Triathlon are to safely finish the race, have fun, make friendships, and be part of something amazing.

Participants will receive an overall time at the finish. Participants will also receive a t-shirt, a one of a kind triathlon medallion, a race packet, and the pride that goes along with accomplishing something amazing. Water and fruit will be provided at the finish to assist in recovery.

Gila Hank’s Youth Sprint Triathlon is supported by volunteers, sponsors, and the community. During Friday night’s registration, a dance will take place. For a nominal fee, overnight camping spaces will be available on-campus near EAC’s John Mickelson Stadium. (Camping fee waived for Large Group registrations of 10 or more) Vendors will be onsite when available.

Gila Hank’s Youth Sprint Triathlon strives to be an inclusive event with the ability to make accommodations for youth with physical or developmental disabilities. Those with diagnosed disabilities which can fairly and reasonably be addressed with an accommodation should be encouraged to participate. Our goal is to help everyone make it to the finish line by allowing a measure of help. There will be an opportunity to explain and request accommodations in the registration process.


Friday, April 8

  • 5:30 p.m . - Triathlon check-in will begin at Eastern Arizona College’s Activities Center (rooms 118 and 119) in Thatcher, Arizona. Race packets and t-shirts will be distributed at check in.
  • 6 – 9 p.m. - A dance will be held for triathlon participants in the Main Dining Room of the EAC Activities Center.

Saturday, April 9

  • Prior to the triathlon start, at assigned times, participants will arrive at the information booth area for body marking, bike inspection, timing chip pick up, and safety briefing.
  • 7 a.m. - Triathlon will begin at staging area west of swimming pool near tennis courts.

Triathlon Overview

  • After a 75-yard pool swim, swimmers will transition to the east South Campus parking lot near EAC’s Guitteau Gymnasium to the bike staging area.
  • Bikers will head north on College Avenue on a predetermined route for 6 miles, finishing on College Avenue on the west side of South Campus near the north parking lot rack bikes and transition to run staging area.
  • Runners will leave west out of the parking lot, then north on Stadium Avenue, following a predetermined route for approximately 1.5 miles, eventually winding through campus and ending at the finish line at EAC’s Clock Tower on Middle Campus.
  • Participation medallions will be given to participants as they complete the triathlon.
  • A recovery station will be near the finish line area for triathletes.
  • Timing of participants will be done electronically with time strips at each staging area start/finish.


Parking will be available at the following locations:

  • North Campus at Mark Allen parking lot off Stadium Ave.
  • Parking lot east of EAC’s Activities Center (dirt lot).
  • Parking lot west of EAC’s Student Services Building.
  • Parking lots east of the EAC’s Clock Tower.
  • EAC’s John Mickelson Stadium parking lot.
  • On Saturday, parking along Railroad Drive between Stadium Ave. and College Ave. will be available.
  • Parking is not available in the lots west of EAC’s South Campus buildings /Tennis Courts.


  • Camping areas will be available on EAC’s South Campus at John Mickelson Stadium and adjacent fields for a nominal fee. Porta-Jons will be available at field and other locations on race route.

    (Camping fee waived for Large Group registrations of 10 or more)

Gila Hank's
Youth Sprint Triathlon
Saturday April 9, 2022 Registration opens February 1, 2022

Eastern Arizona College
Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center
Hwy 70 and College Ave, Thatcher, AZ

Youth Sprint Triathlon
Ages 11-17 (Individual)

Youth Sprint Triathlon Relay Team Ages 11-17 (Team)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

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