Thirteen year old Andy Vasquez was the first finisher at the IronKids triathalon. Asked by the emcee what he thought of the bike portion of the race Andy said he had to admit it was hard. Andy and many other kids completed the triathalon today, a feat few adults have completed. As children crossed the finish line the exhaustion and pride crossed their faces.
Many sponsors and dedicated volunteers made this a great event. It could not have happened without them. They made the experience fantastic for the kids and their families. Banners flew along the finish line for companies like Hy-vee, Blue Bunny, Sara Lee, Kellogg’s, ConAgra Foods, Kraft, Unilever, and more. A community of companies and community of volunteers from the Lincoln, Omaha, and neighboring communities made this event a success from the gift bags to the cups of water along the way these dedicated people showed how much they care about their community and healthy kids.
The swimming portion of the event on Holmes Lake off Normal Blvd in Lincoln, NE had lifeguards in canoes to ensure swimmer safety. Each age division had a different colored swim cap. Once swimmers left the lake they ran to the transition area to put on shoes and grab their bikes. The bike trail was a hilly one that put pressure on the most experienced bikers.
After coming down the hill back into the transition area the athletes left their bikes behind along with their helmets and took off running. After a swim and a bike it was amazing how much spirit the athletes had left to make the run, some even sprinting to the finish line.
The top three from each age category have the opportunity to participate in the Des Moines event.
Congratulations to all the event participants. Each leg of the journey was difficult and each athlete should be proud of what they accomplished. We hope to see them all continue their triathlon experiences!
What did you think of this year’s IronKids triathlon?