IronKids Triathlon Makes Its Debut in San Diego

On Saturday, May 2, 2009, IronKids will launch its first event of the season in San Diego, California, drawing youth ranging from 6 to 15 years of age.

The triathlon, taking place at South Shore Park in Mission Bay, will begin at 7:00 a.m. and will utilize a traditional swim-bike-run format. The swim will begin by the boat launch with a wave start and the bike course will encompass closed roads within the park and on Sea World Drive. Participants will see a run course on paved trails along the water. All finishers will receive a commemorative medal and trophies will be awarded for those within the senior division.

Read the story of Brendan
Driscoll, an 11-year-old
paratriathlete who will be
competing in San Diego.

Families will also be encouraged to take part in the interactive elements of event weekend, such as the Expo and IronFlix, both of which are free to the public. Taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1 and presented by KIDSFIRST, IronFlix will include a mix of animated shorts, a 30-minute feature on Michael, Michael Motor Cycle and is followed by Emmanuel's Gift.

National partners such as K-Swiss, Aqua Sphere, CLIF Bar, SAM (Store & Move), Foster Grant and Timex will support the 2009 Series and be on-hand at the Expo.

Distances for the IronKids race will vary depending on the age of participants:

  • Junior (ages 6 to 8): 50-yard swim, 2-mile bike and 500-yard run
  • Intermediate (ages 9 to 11): 150-yard swim, 4-mile bike and 1-mile run
  • Senior (ages 12 to 15): 300-yard swim, 8-mile bike and 2-mile run

Michelle Payette, the Director of IronKids, comments, "The IronKids mission is to inspire and motivate youth through sport to lead an active, positive and healthy lifestyle. We are excited to kick off the series in San Diego, the hotbed for the sport of triathlon."

WTC acquired IronKids from the Sara Lee Corporation that owned the event series since 1985. IronKids' Races have seen more than 40,000 participants in its history. IronKids has introduced some of the sport's greats, with past participants including seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, and U.S. Olympians Hunter Kemper and Laura Bennett.

The 2009 IronKids National Triathlon Series will include eight events nationwide in locations such as St. Petersburg, FL, Raleigh, NC and Tucson, AZ.

Click here to register for the IronKids San Diego Triathlon.

To learn more about the 2009 IronKids Series visit For event details, contact Michelle Payette at

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