Kids swim, bike, and run in the Hy-Vee IronKids Triathlon
About 300 six through fifteen year olds competed in the Hy-Vee IronKids Triathlon at the Norm Wait YMCA in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
The kids competed in divisions with age-appropriate swimming, biking and running distances.
Most of the athletes were from the Siouxland area, but many come from much farther.
The swim, bike, and run was a great way for the kids to show off their athletic skills and they each had a favorite part of the race.
"My favorite part of this race is running and I'm feeling excited and nervous," 10-year-old Tristan Redman said before the race started.
"I really like biking and running and I think it's just a fun thing to do to get out and be active," 11-year-old Isobel Feiges said.
The goal of the triathlon was to inspire and motivate kids to lead active and healthy lifestyles.
The competition spotlighted top young tri athletes, but it also gave first timers to the sport a fun atmosphere.
"The biggest thing about what we have found is that when you get young kids out, they just have a ball and they have a great time. And really, you know, for older people, the triathlon is a really challenging thing, but for an 8-year-old, this is a blast," organizer Dan Vondrak said.
This triathlon is one of the largest races in the Midwest. There will be several more triathlons in the Midwest before the summer concludes. To check out the schedule, visit this website.
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