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Popular youth triathlon to be held Saturday

By: Matt Long
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On Saturday about 100 kids 15 years old and younger will compete in the 10th-annual Iron Hills Youth Triathlon at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. Participants will swim in the CSD pool and ride and then run within the Community Park with the top-three male and female finishers in each age group earning medals. In past years the triathlon has drawn between 100 and 120 competitors. As of last week 70 were signed up for Saturday’s event. The 10 to 15-year-olds will swim 200 yards (length of the pool eight times), bike 5.9 miles and run 1.4 miles. The 7 to 10-year-olds will swim 100 yards (length of the pool four times), bike 2.2 miles and run .8 of a mile, while those participants 6-and-under, all of which will earn a medal, swim 25 yards (one length of the pool), bike .6 of a mile and run .2 of a mile. Upon completion of the event, all participants will also receive a ribbon, T-shirt and race bag. Age divisions include 6-and-under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-15. “We put on five races every year and this is our favorite event,” said Race Director Dr. Todd Drybread of Capitol Adventure Racing. “It’s just great watching the kids’ faces and their smiles when they cross the finish line. They’re out there to have fun, but you can tell they’re proud of themselves too. They think it’s cool. We love this event.” Anyone interested in participating can register at the CSD office or website (edhcsd.org) or at capitoladventureracing.com. Athletes can also register on race day. Cost to participate is $50. What: Iron Hills Youth Triathlon Who: 6-and-under to 15 years old When: 8 a.m. Saturday Where: El Dorado Hills CSD, 1021 Harvard Way Cost: $50 Registration: CSD office, edhcsd.org or capitoladventureracing.com