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IRON KIDS: Triathlon Gets Children Active

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The fine weather will help bring out hundreds of children Saturday for the annual Hy-Vee Iron Kids Triathlon.

Hundreds of those kids found out Friday where they'll be swimming, biking and running for this weekend’s race.

The event hopes to encourage kids to get off the couch and be active.

“Kids come everywhere and give up their video games they give up sleeping in they give up their Saturday morning cartoons and they do something that is super challenging, super aerobic,” says Michael Zimmerman.

The race is open to anyone 5 to 15 years old.

Three different groups divide the ages and the length of each event bringing out both first timers to those who participate in triathlons all summer long.

“I thought it would be fun and all my friends at school do it,” says Estella Hove.

The Hy-Vee sponsored event is the kick off to a summer of kids’ triathlons being hosted across the Midwest.

They all lead up to the kids and adult triathlon championships over Labor Day weekend in Des Moines.

“For them to now have this kids series that happens from mid-May all the way through the end of the summer is just a reminder every weekend and every city that we go to is ‘hey this is coming and what we`re doing is really big,'” Zimmerman adds.

The first race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at Racoon River Park in West Des  Moines.

There will be places along the route to watch. The top ten finishers from each age group qualify for the kids national championships in September.