IronKids San Diego
May 22, 2011
Mission Bay Park
Host Hotel
The Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
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The mission of IronKids is to inspire and motivate youth through the sport to lead an active, positive and healthy lifestyle. The IronKids National Triathlon Series, targeting children ranging in age from 6 to 15 years, offers an interactive weekend experience for the entire family.

The 2010 IronKids National Triathlon Series aims to host approximately 300-400 participants at each of its 12 events. Children will compete in age-appropriate distances with an emphasis on fitness, fun and safety.

WTC acquired IronKids from the Sara Lee Corporation who had owned the event series since 1985. IronKids’ events have seen more than 40,000 participants in its history including seven-time Tour de France champion, Lance Armstrong and U.S. Olympians Hunter Kemper and Laura Bennett.

Michelle Payette, who joined WTC in 2008, utilizes past experience in event management to oversee the IronKids event series. Based in Phuket, Thailand, for nine years, Payette served as race manager for Ironman Malaysia and for the Laguna Phuket Triathlon. Most recently, Payette was managing events for Tourism Whistler (B.C. Canada) on behalf of the resort community.

The IronKids Team consists of WTC staff, local contractors, host-city Parks and Recreation Departments, city workers (Fire, Police, Permitting, etc.), local Convention & Visitors Bureaus, Sport Commissions, ASI Photography, Prime Time Timing, Premier Sports Timing, local triathlon clubs and of course many local volunteers.

IronKids’ North American events are sanctioned by USA Triathlon and follow USAT rules.

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