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S.J. Sharkie Trains for Kids Triathlon

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
We all know that Sharks can swim, but on Sunday June 1 we will find out if they can also run and ride a bike.

The San Jose Sharks very own S.J. Sharkie will be participating in the 9th Annual Silicon Valley Kids Triathlon at De Anza College in Cupertino. Sharkie will get the chance to show off his many skills as he competes in all three legs (25 yard swim, 1 mile bike ride and ¼ mile run) with the youngest age group

Click here to see pictures of Sharkie training at Sharks Ice at San Jose.

This year’s event is expected to be the largest turnout in the event’s history with more than 800 registered kids ages 4-15 on hand to take part in the day’s activities.

As stated on the Triathlon Club’s homepage , “this event emphasizes health, self-esteem, self-confidence and fun, in a safe, family-friendly environment.” The kid’s triathlon serves as a great way to promote the importance of physical fitness for kids of all ages in a fun and beneficial manner. The Triathlon not only gives children the opportunity to participate in physical activities that promote health and well-being, it also raises money for the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund (; a non-profit organization that benefits foster children in Silicon Valley.

S.J. Sharkie strongly believes in physical fitness. He enjoys exercises that help him stay healthy and give him the confidence he needs to perform at Sharks games and during community events. Sharkie has been training especially hard for this event and has worked exclusively with Sharks Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Potenza.

In preparation for the Triathlon, Potenza has put Sharkie on a training regime designed to provide the endurance and strength necessary to participate in such a demanding event. As Sharkie is a naturally gifted swimmer, the two focused more on the biking and running portions of the race.

Sharkie has focused his biking efforts by incorporating a high intensity hill-climbing program to help strengthen his legs and improve his conditioning for the mile ride.

“A lot of the players train on bikes during the off-season and after games during the year”, said Potenza. “We have also worked on short sprints and running laps on the track to help his speed and endurance. You would think Sharkie’s tail would get in the way when he runs, but this is not the case.”

Potenza has also made sure that Sharkie is eating right and taking care of his body.

“He’s eating three meals a day and he never skips breakfast because he knows that after a long sleep his body needs the energy from breakfast to train hard for his race”, said Pontenza. “He’s also eating a lot of fruits and vegetables so his body can get the vitamins it needs to protect him against catching a cold or getting fatigued.”

Based upon the many hours of training, it appears that Sharkie is ready for the Silicon Valley Kids Triathlon.

What about you? The events begin at 8 am Sunday, June 1 and run through the afternoon. S.J. Sharkie and the San Jose Sharks encourage everyone to make it out to De Anza College as it is forecasted to be a beautiful day filled with fitness and fun.

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