With over 50 events held on a global basis held each year, the mission of IronKids is to inspire and motivate youth through the sport to lead an active, positive, and healthy lifestyle. The 2013 UnitedHealthcare IronKids National Series and the Hy-Vee IronKids Midwest Series presented by Dole, targeting youth between the ages of 6-15, will provide an interactive weekend experience for the entire family that will not only showcase the nation’s top youth triathlon talent, but also will allow first-time triathletes to experience a positive introduction to the realm of multisport. Children will compete in age-appropriate distances with an emphasis on fitness, fun and safety.
The 2013 IronKids schedule in North America will feature over 30 events, allowing the opportunity for young athletes to compete in multiple races within their region from the months of April through November, with races being held in a diverse number of markets across the country. The U.S. schedule will conclude on August 31, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa, with the 2013 Hy-Vee IronKids US Championship presented by Dole.
The World Triathlon Corporation acquired IronKids in 2008 from the Sara Lee Corporation, who had previously owned the event series since 1985. Since its inception, IronKids has seen over 60,000 participants, including seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, and Olympians Hunter Kemper and Laura Bennett. The brand represents a multi-dimensional approach to creating positive experiences for athletes, families, and communities, as well as embodies achievement and determination while fostering self-esteem.
The IronKids Team consists of World Triathlon Corporation and Premier Event Management staff, local contractors, host-city Parks and Recreation Departments, city workers (Fire, Police, Permitting, etc.), local Convention & Visitors Bureaus, Sport Commissions, local triathlon clubs and of course many local volunteers who are all the foundation of our success.
IronKids North American events are sanctioned by USA Triathlon and follow USAT rules.
The 2014 Hy-Vee IronKids event series schedule will be posted over the next few months. Please check back for updates regarding the events.
Listed below are the dates and locations for the 2013 IronKids Running Series!