Greek Pentathlon Training

The next Pentathlon TRAINING will be offered during the 2018-19 School Year.
Please contact us to be added to the Pentathlon Interest List.


Pentathlete recites ode to the gods before throwing the discus.

The Pentathlon Training is the perfect complement to your student’s study of Greek History or Mythology, bringing learning to life while creating lasting memories.

(To further enhance the Pentathlon experience, consider registering your student for WLR’s Greek Mythology, History & Art class on Mondays.)

CLASS FEE: $395 / $375 Early Registration Rate

DAYS: Wednesdays

TIME:  10:00 a.m. — 12:00 noon

DATES: 12 weeks beginning mid-late January. Rain dates & holidays are built into the final schedule.


*Parent participation dates: after the students complete their practice on these dates, instructor will meet with the parents to review the set-up and the adult participation tasks that will be needed the day of the final event (May 9).

**Class fee covers the 12 training dates (no make-up dates other than rain dates). The final event (May 9) is a community event. Parents will be needed to help with set-up and monitoring some of the events. We will also include a Greek potluck luncheon. Friends and family are invited to celebrate and admire the feats of the athletes on this special day!


LOCATION: Most of the training (6-8 weeks) will be held at Ancil Hoffman Park (Carmichael, close to Fair Oaks Blvd. & Arden Way). We will meet at the grassy area near the entrance kiosk.

The last 4-6 weeks of the training will be held at Tahoe Park where the final event will take place.


Students will train for discus, javelin, Greek wrestling, running, and long jump. This program will emphasize safety as well as poise and grace throughout the training. Each week will include warm-ups, training and practice in 1-3 events, and cool down/stretching. Ideal for those studying Greek Mythology and History, or for those who have previously studied these subjects.

Requirements: Students should come ready for active participation wearing appropriate clothing and footwear (well fitting athletic shoes). Long hair must be tied back securely. Bring water and light snacks. Bring a positive attitude. Attendance is very important as we will be learning important safety and skill techniques during each class. Designed for grades 5-8; minimum age is 10 years old.

Recommended Reading: Prior to first class meeting, students should become familiar with Greek history and/or mythology. Choose a solid, classic source to read with your child or on his/her own. Below are a few possibilities:

  • D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
  • Ancient Greece, Charles Kovac
  • The Golden Fleece & the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles, Padriac Colum
Scheduled Class Meeting Dates:



Expectations outside of class time:
Practice at home will greatly enhance the overall Pentathlon experience. Recommended: 3-5x per week for 15-30 minutes. In addition, students will be given materials to make a javelin (long dowel) and will need to complete carving of the tip at home, under parental supervision.

Students will identify and practice speaking a short ‘ode’ to the Greek god / goddess of his/ her choice to be recited at the final event. The ‘ode’ may be original, if desired; theme must be appropriate to the event.

One or two other simple assignments may be given in preparation for the Pentathlon Final Event.

The Training will culminate in the final Pentathlon Event in the Spring. The event will be overseen and judged by the Greek gods (trained volunteers). Awards will be given not only for “furthest & fastest,” etc., but also for those demonstrating the most grace, beauty and poise in each event — true to the ancient observance of the Games. The athletes will dress in simple attire (readily available at home) reflective of ancient Greek times; pre-school age siblings are welcome to come dressed as cherubs, and we may have opportunities for other younger siblings to participate as well. The athletic events will take place in the morning, followed by a Greek potluck lunch. Parents, friends and family are all welcome to attend to cheer on the athletes.

Parent Participation: The final event is a community endeavor! Please be prepared to assist the last 2-3 weeks of training and the day of the event. We will need assistance with laying out the field/markers; we will need some help with measurement, keeping time and other tasks. In addition, parental participation in our Greek potluck  lunch will add greatly to the festivities. We will also need some light, nutritious snacks for the athletes the morning of the event.

Click here for photos and description of 2008 Pentathlon. (Photos on this page from 2012 Pentathlon.) Also see Facebook for more photos.

If you have questions, call Sandi at (916) 606-0799.Pentathletes_and_gods-429x317


The event will begin at 9:30 a.m, and should be completed by 12 or 12:30, followed by Greek potluck / feast, led by the gods and the athletes.

To further enhance the Pentathlon experience, consider registering for WLR’s Greek Mythology, History & Art class.