Not too late to race in Avon’s IronKids |

Not too late to race in Avon’s IronKids

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
Eric Bakke | Special to the Daily
Eric Lars Bakke |

AVON, Colorado – Avon is gearing up for one of its up-and-coming signature events this weekend, the IronKids Triathlon.

This is the second year the town is hosting the event at Harry A. Nottingham Park, and Avon’s special events manager Danita Churichillo said she hopes it becomes one of the town’s premier events.

The triathlon is open to children ages 6 to 15, with three different age groups for competitions.

IronKids Director Michelle Payette said registration is open right up until before the events on Sunday. An exciting turn this year is that children will race in the Avon Recreation Center pool rather than Nottingham Lake – something Payette said should make kids and parents alike feel a little better about.

The Avon event was the second largest of all the IronKids events in the country last year, Payette said. She’s hoping for an equally good turnout this year.

The action begins Saturday, with a special talk at 1 p.m. about course details, rules and other important information for parents and racers before Sunday’s event.

There will also be a free triathlon clinic given by Heidi Trueblood, a U.S.A. Triathlon-certified coach.

The event is also a qualifier for the national IronKids championship.

• Juniors (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.

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