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Iron Hills Triathlon set for Aug. 9

By: Matt Long
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The eighth annual Iron Hills Youth Triathlon will take place Aug. 9 at the El Dorado Hills Community Park and Pool. Event organizers are anticipating at least 80 boys and girls from the 6-and-under age division up to 15 years old to compete in the event. The peewee triathlon is for athletes ages 6-and-under. The participants will swim 25 yards, bike six-tenths of a mile and run two-tenths of a mile. The 7-to-10-year-olds will swim 100 yards, bike 3.3 miles and run eighth-tenths of a mile, while the 11-to-15-year olds will swim 200 yards, ride for 5.9 miles and run for 1.4 miles. The top-three finishers in each age group will receive prizes, while everyone competing in the 6-and-under age group will get a medal. All participants will receive a race bag full of goodies and an event T-shirt. There will also be a handful of vendors at the triathlon showcasing what they have to offer, including REI. In anticipation of the triathlon, which has been growing as a sport over the last few years, Dr. Todd Drybread has been running a youth triathlon camp throughout June and July at the park. “Triathlons are becoming more popular with kids, who aren’t the soccer players or baseball players or football players,” Drybread said. “I’ve got a kid in camp this week, who’s eight years old and has already done 10 triathlons.” Drybread is training the athletes on proper swimming, biking and running techniques, but it’s more than that. “I’ve been focusing on two things which are to teach the kids how to pace themselves rather than going all out and secondly, the idea of competing against themselves more so than against other people. We’ve talked a lot when were training about improving our times, rather than who won or who finished first.” Anyone wishing to participate in the Iron Hills Youth Triathlon may contact the El Dorado Hills Community Services District at 933-6624.