ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Hy-Vee stores's IronKids Youth Triathlon was held at Mayo Clinic High School Saturday morning.
This year's athletes were split into 3 categories based on age. Participants ages 6-15 had to bike and run around Mayo High School. The swimming portion was excluded this year due to mechanical issues at the High School's pool.
"This was a lot harder than any other races, anything else I've done in the past," said participant Timothy Alexander. "It felt a lot better finishing it because it was one of the harder ones that I've done."
More than 150 athletes participated in this year's challenge. For some, it was not just about winning, but the experience and support they received along the way.
"Encouragement from other people, just telling me to keep going-it just encourages me to keep going and doing my best. To keep doing all I can to make it possible," said participant Grace Gora.
Hy-Vee sponsors 20 IronKids Triathlons in 8 states. More than 6,000 kids will participate in the events this year. Saturday's winners will go on to compete at the national championships in Des Moines in August.
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