- Published on Sunday, 23 September 2012 20:52
- Written by Super User
Approximately 1,500 youth from across the nation traveled to Alpharetta, GA, this past weekend to compete in the final IronKids triathlon for 2012. Area hotels were sold out and it seemed every car in town had a bike rack mounted on it! This race set a record for being the largest kids triathlon in the nation according to race officials. The race was divided into three age groups: Junior 6-8, Intermediate 9-11, and Senior 12-15. Competitors started with a swim in an olympic size pool, followed by a bike through the area neighborhood, and ended with a run around Wills Park. Distances of each component increased with age. The energy in the air Sunday was incredible as so many exceptional young athletes prepared to push their abilities to their limits. The local school and community provided volunteers which were stationed all through the race and even riding bikes along with the competitors to assist and keep everyone as safe as possible.
Maris and Ava Toppin, from Kure Beach and CBES, traveled to compete in the race directly after Maris assisting in a win with her Island Gazette U7 Girls soccer team on Saturday. Unfortunately they missed the pre-race walk through and briefing Saturday evening and did not arrive until almost midnight. This made the 5am wake up to go check in and prepare their transitions spots in the dark rather challenging. Despite these challenges both girls represented NC well with Ava finishing 54th in her age division and Maris taking 5th place in her age division. As a top 10 finisher Maris has been invited to compete in the IronKids national championships next year in Iowa. Events such as these, which are increasing in number and availability, are undoubtedly a positive influence on the health of our youth!
See you at the finish line!