Durango's Iron Kids

The Durango Recreation Center hosted the Iron Kids Triathlon early Saturday morning, with competitors ranging in age from 6 to 12. With coach Arthur Razee heading the events, coordination efforts by Heidi Schaiberger and a big help from a team of volunteers, nearly 50 kids took part in this years events. The triathlon was no walk in the park, by any means. With the oldest racers swimming 200 yards, biking 6.2 miles, and putting down a 1.2 mile run, the Iron Kids put many full grown adults to physical shame. The triathlon also provided a unique athletic experience, introducing the young ones to a level of fitness and competition that they may not find anywhere else. And not only did every competitor receive a t-shirt, a swim cap and a medal, they also were awarded membership into the USA Triathlon Association. So calling all local kids! Lace up and get moving because next years Iron Kids Triathlon will be here in no time.

Gus Roberts clears his thoughts as he floats before his 100-yard  swim. James Berndt, 9, fights through the pain on his run. James went  on to win the gold in his age division. Stowe Brunso, 9, demonstrates his enormous backstroke in his  lane on Saturday morning Hannah Peterson transitions into her bike ride as a finished  racer munches on a popsicle. A young spectator fiddles by the pool as the racers get prepped  for their events.


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