Source: NorthFulton.com

IronKids Triathlon returns to Alpharetta

by Jonathan Copsey

September 04, 2012

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Alpharetta will host the UnitedHealthcare IronKids Alpharetta Triathlon Sept. 16 at Wills Park.

The IronKids event in Alpharetta has remained one of the largest youth triathlons in the country for the past three years with over 1,300 athletes competing. The race will include three divisions: junior - for ages 6 to 8, intermediate - ages 9 to 11 and senior - ages 12 to 15.

Senior participants ages 12-15 will begin at 7 a.m. with a swim in a lap pool. Athletes will then bike on closed roads and run on paved walkways and grass throughout the park. Ages 9-11 and ages 6-8 will follow on the same course. All participants will receive a commemorative medal upon crossing the finish line and the top three athletes within each age category will be awarded a placement trophy.

Distances for IronKids Alpharetta vary, depending on the age of the participants:

· Ages 6 to 8: 50-yard swim, 2-mile bike and 500-yard run

· Ages 9 to 11: 150-yard swim, 4-mile bike and 1-mile run

· Ages 12 to 15: 300-yard swim, 8-mile bike and 2-mile run

The mission of IronKids is to inspire and motivate youth through the sport to lead an active, positive and healthy lifestyle. Next month’s event will include first-time triathletes and a UnitedHealthcare team of 43 athletes who will train three to four times a week to prepare for the race. The team consists of students from Paulding and Hall counties and is a mix of children that have participated in a triathlon and those who will be participating in their first race.

“We are excited and proud to host the IronKids Alpharetta Triathlon again this year,” said Janet Rodgers, president and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The event is a great way for children to get excited about leading a healthy lifestyle and has a positive impact on our city as it brings athletes and their families to stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and shop in our stores. We are looking forward to the event and wish all of the athletes good luck.”

For more information or to register for the UnitedHealthcare IronKids Alpharetta Triathlon, visit www.awesomealpharetta.com.