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Children will run, bike, swim at IronKids event in Alpharetta
by Nicole Dow
September 11, 2013 12:42 PM | 1378 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo<br>Maggie Dunn, of Suwannee, crosses the finish line in the IronKids Alpharetta Triathalon in 2009. This year's event will be held Sept. 15 at Wills Park.
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Maggie Dunn, of Suwannee, crosses the finish line in the IronKids Alpharetta Triathalon in 2009. This year's event will be held Sept. 15 at Wills Park.
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About 1,500 children ages 6 to 15 are expected to gather at Wills Park this Sunday for the fifth annual IronKids Alpharetta Triathlon presented by UnitedHealthcare, said race director Patrick McGee.

“The great thing about Wills Park is that it’s a great location within Alpharetta as well as the venue itself — it has everything that we could ask for for a youth triathlon,” he said.

“It has a great pool. It has a great four-lane highway out on Wills Road and then the entire run course is contained within the park that is even shaded. The event lawn behind the community center just makes for an absolutely awesome finish line.”

The participants will compete within their age level with athletes ages 12 to 15 kicking off the event with a 300-yard swim, 8-mile bike and 2-mile run. Athletes ages 9 to 11 will compete next with a 150-yard swim, 4-mile bike and 1-mile run. The final competition will be for 6- to 8-year-olds and will consist of a 50-yard swim, 2-mile bike and 500-yard run.

“We really enjoy introducing youth to the sport of triathlon,” McGee said. “We want everybody to just come away with a positive experience and an IronKids medal hanging around their neck.”

The top 10 athletes in each age group will go on to compete in the IronKids U.S. Championship, which will be held in September next year.

“Alpharetta is actually the first qualifying event for the 2014 season and the 2014 championship race,” McGee said.

Online registration for Sunday’s event is $50 and ends at 2:59 a.m. Thursday.

The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau invites out-of-town participants and guests to enjoy the city in hopes the triathlon race boosts the local economy.

“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,” Janet Rodgers, Alpharetta CVB president and CEO, said in a news release.

Participants can register online at hy-veeironkids.com/alpharetta.

If you go:
 What: IronKids Alpharetta Triathlon
 Where: Wills Park, 11925 Wills Road, Alpharetta
 When: Sunday, packet pick-up starts at 6 a.m.
 Cost: $50; registration closes Thursday at 2:59 a.m.
 Information: www.hy-veeironkids.com/alpharetta

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