Riproar Events Brings Kids Triathlon To Johnston

Top Quote On Saturday, August 20, Terra Lake Park in Johnston will play host to RipRoar Youth Triathlon Series Championships for the second year. End Quote
  • Des Moines, IA (1888PressRelease) August 17, 2016 - The recently updated Terra Lake Park in Johnston IA will be the final stop for the high energy RipRoar Youth Triathlon Series summer circuit this Saturday, August 20, 2016.

    Michael Zimmerman, the former director of the Hy-Vee IronKids and Hy-Vee KidsFit Triathlon Series, is bringing his annual Championship event back to the Des Moines Metro for its second year.

    "Our triathlon series is solely for kids," Zimmerman said. "That's what differentiates us from nearly every other endurance brand out there. Because of this we're able to tailor our courses, our branding, everything down to our playlists, to make sure that kids will be safe, successful and have the best day of their summer while completing the challenge of triathlon."

    The race, which kicks off at 8 a.m., is open to youth ages 6 to 15 years old and is the largest youth triathlon that takes place annually in the Des Moines metro area. Depending on age, triathlon stage distances range from 50 to 200 meters for the swim, two to six miles for the bike, and 800 meters to two miles for the run portions of the race.

    The event is open to all athletes and requires no previous experience. Course maps, event timelines and registration details are available online at Online registration is open through August 18. In-person registration will be available from 3 to 6 p.m. on August 19 at Terra Lake Park. No race day registration will be available.

    "We cannot wait to end our season right here at home in the Des Moines metro," Zimmerman says. "This community has provided endless support in our pursuit of getting youth addicted to the thrill of crossing the finish line and the joy in overcoming challenges. Hosting our final event of the season here is our way of giving a giant thank you."

    The event, consisting of swimming, biking, and running, will be centrally located around Terra Lake Park. The athletes will swim in the newly developed lake before biking on a closed portion of Pioneer Parkway. The final leg of the race will be a run course contained entirely within the park. Organizers expect the event to be finished around noon on Saturday.

    "People often think of the Hawaii Ironman when they hear the word triathlon and gasp at the thought of a child competing in anything similar," Zimmerman said. "The truth is that our races are set up for the success of every athlete. We have great athletes, no question, but we've also had more than 100 first time triathletes just this summer. We see training wheels, tassels and everything in-between. We're here to show that triathlon is a sport for everyone, not just the elite."

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