On Sunday, May 23, IronKids will hold the second-annual IronKids San Diego Triathlon, drawing youth ranging from 6 to 15 years of age. The event, taking place at Mission Bay Park in San Diego, Calif., will include five divisions: Ages 6-8, Ages 9-11, Ages 12-15, Military and Teams. Those in the Military and Teams divisions will begin the race according to the age group they fall within. Participants Ages 12-15 will begin at 7 a.m. with a beach-start swim in Mission Bay. Athletes will then utilize closed roads on the Tri Club San Diego bike course and run on paved trails along East Mission Bay Drive. Ages 9-11 and Ages 6-8 will follow the same schedule.
Distances for the IronKids San Diego vary, depending on age of 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
Sunday’s event will see children representing five states, including more than 200 youth from California. In addition to participants ranging in age and fitness level, there will be several inspirational athletes, including:
· Winter Vinecki, 11, of Salem, Ore., who founded “Team Winter” as a way to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer, the disease that claimed her father’s life in 2009. Last year, she collected more than $150,000, all of which went directly to prostate cancer research. Vinecki, who aims to encourage children to be active, serves as an IronKids ambassador and hopes to inspire other participants to support and race for a cause close to their heart.
Mason Moses, 10, of Newport Beach, Calif., who is healthy and active today following a brain-tumor diagnosis at the age of 4. Mason’s dad, Mark, is a six-time Ironman finisher.
· Noah Starkweather, 13, of Clovis, Calif., an athlete who suffers from bipolar disorder. Noah races to show people the disorder does not control his life.
All finishers will receive a commemorative medal, trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group and the top five finishers in each age group will qualify for the IronKids National Championship, taking place on Oct. 3 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
In addition to the race, the series offers an interactive weekend experience for the entire family. The IronKids Expo, registration and packet pick-up will take place at Mission Bay Park on Saturday, May 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a course talk at 1 p.m., followed by a USAT clinic at 1:30 p.m. and a Tri Club San Diego triathlon clinic at 2 p.m. Registration and packet pick-up will re-open on race morning from 5:45 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Local partners include Tri Club San Diego and the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau. Host hotel, The Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, will offer discounts to participating families.
“The IronKids mission is to inspire and motivate youth through sport to lead an active, positive and healthy lifestyle,” said Michelle Payette, director of IronKids. “We are excited that IronKids is returning to such a great event venue at Mission Bay Park in beautiful southern California. San Diego is an active, health-focused community and one that not only supports our goals, but also fully embraces them."
To register for IronKids San Diego or learn more, visit www.IronKids.com. Those interested in the Teams division may contact IronKids.Teams@IronKids.com; Military Division questions should be directed to IronKids.Military@IronKids.com.