August 3, 2006 at 9:22 a.m.

Kids’ triathlon a big hit

Kids’ triathlon a big hit
Kids’ triathlon a big hit

It wasn’t as hot as it could have been!! Cloud cover and a few light showers Saturday, July 29 helped cool the 300+ competitors in the first Chisago Lakes Kids’ Triathlon.

It was in the mid 70’s when the 11-12 year-olds dove in the lake at Paradise Park in Chisago City. After a 400 foot swim, two miles on the bike and a one-half mile run, Peter Maring was the first to cross the finish line.

Maring was the fifth swimmer out of Chisago Lake. “I passed the other four on the first transition (the time between the swim and getting on the bike) or during the bike ride,” said the 11-year-old-winner.

Like many of the triathletes, Maring was joined by family members in the race. Two nieces and a brother also competed. When asked what he did to prepare for the race, the overall winner said, “I did a lot of biking, swimming and running.” (What’s that about “No such thing as a stupid question?”) Peter is the son of Tim and Kim Maring of Harris.

Enthusiastic supporters were in abundance at the family oriented event. The spectators thoroughly enjoyed the efforts of the participants, who ranged in age from 3 to 12. Efforts ranged in intensity from those who approached the race as a competitive event to three and four-year-olds who were perfectly content to use their training wheels during a casual Saturday morning cruise.

Racers competed in five age-groups ranging from 11-12 year-olds down to the 3-4 year-olds, who swam 25 feet, rode their bikes 500 feet and ran the last 1/8 mile. The top three male and female finishers in each age group earned awards and all participants took home T-shirts, goody bags and finishers medals.

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