Omaha Ready To Host Hy-Vee IronKids Triathlon

The event is one of 14 included in the Hy-Vee IronKids Midwest Triathlon Series

OMAHA, NE – Youngsters from the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area will have a chance to test their swimming, biking and running skills by competing in the Hy-Vee IronKids Triathlon on Saturday, June 2nd at Burke High School in Omaha.

The Omaha event is the second in the 2012 Hy-Vee IronKids Midwest Series, which includes 14 youth triathlons taking place from May through August in Hy-Vee cities in eight states. Lisa Gallup, marketing coordinator for the Omaha/Council Bluffs Hy-Vee stores, says the focus of the event is on helping kids learn about the importance of physical fitness, nutrition, sportsmanship and goal-setting.

“Triathlon is one of the fastest-growing participation sports in the U.S. and youth triathlon represents a significant part of that growth,” Gallup said. “An IronKids event is the perfect opportunity for kids to try it out and see if the sport of triathlon is for them.”

Last year’s scheduled Hy-Vee IronKids event in Omaha had to be cancelled due to heavy rains and lightning, Gallup noted. “We had more than 200 kids signed up and ready to go last year, so we know there is a lot of interest in youth triathlon in our communities,” she said. “This year we’re looking forward to a strong turnout once again.”

IronKids events, which are sanctioned by USA Triathlon, are open to youths ages 6-15. The races follow the same swim-bike-run format as an adult triathlon, with distances geared to the age of the participants. The top five boys and top five girls at each age level will qualify to compete in the Hy-Vee IronKids U.S. Championship, to be held September 1 (Labor Day weekend) in Des Moines, IA.

The June 2nd Hy-Vee IronKids triathlon in Omaha begins at 8 a.m., when the Senior racers (ages 12-15) take to the pool at Burke High School. They will bike and run on the grounds of Burke and on the surrounding streets. The Intermediate race (ages 9-11) will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m., with the Juniors (ages 6-8) following at about 10:15 a.m. The event concludes around 11:30 a.m. with an awards ceremony.

Registration for Hy-Vee IronKids Omaha is now available online at www.ironkids.com. Participants also may register onsite during packet pickup, which will be Friday, June 1 at Burke High School. There will be no registration the morning of the race. A portion of each registration fee is donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the official charity of the Hy-Vee IronKids Midwest Series.

Gallup said Hy-Vee and IronKids share a commitment to creating a safe, positive, family-friendly environment in which kids can compete and have fun. She noted that it’s common to see moms and dads, grandparents and siblings cheering on all the participants.

“Triathlon combines three summer activities many kids love – swimming, biking and running,” she said. “It’s great to see the kids having a ball while they’re developing good exercise habits that can last a lifetime. Every kid crosses the finish line feeling like a winner.”

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