In a few years’ time, they could be the next generation of elite triathletes. Before the best in the world compete in Des Moines, the IronKids raced for a national title. Every step of the way, the crowd cheered them on.
“It cheers me up. I really like it,” says 7-year-old Molly Trachta.
More than one thousand kids- as young as six and all the way up to 15- competed a swim, bike and run at Gray’s Lake.
“They’re from all over the Midwest, Puerto Rico. I think there’s 14 different countries that have little kids here today,” says Hy-Vee Ceo Randy Edeker.
Don`t let their age fool you. These triathletes qualified to get here and they`re competing for a national title.
“I finished 6th, but that like exceed my expectations,” says 15-year-old Sarah Voss.
“I didn’t get in the top five because it’s my first year, but I’m just glad that I finished ,” says 10-year-old Emma Trachta.
After crossing the finish line, every kid got a medal.
“It’s an accomplishment,” says Edeker. “Not all of these kids are going to be elite athletes the rest of their lives, but it does launch them maybe on a lifestyle of keeping fit and being in shape.”
At 15, this is Voss’ last IronKids.
“I’ll be going up to the adult level which is a big jump, but it’s gonna be great. I want to do triathlons for the rest of my life,” she says.
While it was the kid’s turn today, tomorrow, the adults and professionals take over. The Hy-Vee Tri will crown a national winner and give away a million dollars in prize money.