Kids Triathlon Jumpstarts Interest in Fitness

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LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A couple of hundred Kansas City kids swam, biked and ran their way to the finish line during the longest running kids triathlon in America.

The  kids were in it to win it as soon as their feet hit the water.

“I bike 8 miles a day. I swim on the swim team every day for 3 hours and run if I can,” said participant Sam Drew.

It began with the elite class kids with ages 14-17-years-old. They swam 300 yards and biked 9 miles. Then they ran six miles.

“This is a challenging event and we’re proud of these kids,” said race organizer Don Herron.

The 11 to 14-year-olds swam 200 yards, biked six miles and ran two miles. Twelve-year-old Ryan and his dad trained for this race with the 400 mile bike race across Kansas.

“Swimming has been my thing,” said Ryan. I love it and I would do it any time, any where and any place.”

Ryan McKenzie has competed in multiple races and triathlons. At seven-years-old he knows the transition from the pool to the bike is often the toughest.

“It’s tough. It’s complicated because sometimes you have the same bike. its hard to remember where you are but you remember somehow,” McKenzie said.

His five-year-old sister prefers to race with four wheels, tassels and a bell.

“It’s a new bike!” said Marin McKenzie.

She’ll join the 2 to 5-year-olds in the Tri for Tots which is designed to help young achievers get their feet wet and get on the road to fitness.

The heat index made the outdoor legs of the event more challenging. But crossing the finish line made it all worth it proving you are never too young to get in the race.



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