Ironkids take first steps toward ‘life-long healthy habits’ in downtown St. George race

ST. GEORGE — Hundreds of children enthusiastically ran the Ironkids race on Tuesday as a part of the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare Ironman World Championships. Youth ages 1-17 competed in a quarter-mile, half-mile or 1-mile run on the course in downtown St. George.

Cary Collier took part in the Ironkids race in Town Square, St. George, Utah, May 3, 2022 | Photo by Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News

“I just like running a lot,” said participant Cary Collier, whose parents said they were very proud that their son wanted to participate in the Ironkids race.

The youngsters were cheered on and greeted at the finish line by some of the athletes who will be at the starting line on Saturday for the Intermountain Healthcare Ironman World Championships presented by the Utah Sports Commission. The Town Square was also filled with families and tourists watching the races.

Ironkids also marked the 11th “I Am True” Day, which focuses on working with athletes and the triathlon community to promote clean sport and the integrity of Ironman racing.

According to a press release, by pairing with the Ironkids event, the initiative brings its message of fair racing to the next generation of athletes. The race encourages runners to learn life-long healthy habits. Each participant receives a T-shirt and a finisher medal, according to a press release.

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