The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 19, 2013

Kid's triathlon scheduled for August

The Free Press

MANKATO — The Hy-Vee IronKids Midwest Series will debut a Mankato stop on its triathlon circuit this summer, the series announced Friday.

The Mankato race will be held Aug. 3 at Spring Lake Park. It is one of six new sites for the 20-race series.

The event is open to boys and girls ages 6-15. Distances for the swimming, biking and running vary by age division.

“Triathlon is one of the fastest-growing participation sports in the U.S., and youth triathlon represents a significant part of that growth,” Mankato hilltop Hy-Vee store director Dan Olson said in a press release. “This is a terrific opportunity for kids from our area to learn more about the sport of triathlon and possibly even advance to compete on a national stage.

Athletes can register online at Volunteers are also being sought to help with everything from venue setup to packet pickup to working as course marshals.

More than 3,000 kids participated in IronKids events in 2012. This year, 20 races will be held in eight states from May through August. The top finishers in each age division qualify to compete in the Hy-Vee IronKids U.S. Championships, which will take place Aug. 31 in Des Moines.