Johnson Memorial Health Services Kids Mini-Triathlon was on Saturday, June 25 during Riverfest. A triathlon has participants, swimming, biking and running during the competition. Registration began at 8:30 with the mini-triathlon starting at 9:00 am. There were 20 participants who completed the competition.
Pre-K – Kindergarten and First thru Second Grade swam 50 meters (one lap in the pool); then quickly raced to their bike. The kids biked a mile path down to the football field and ran once around the field equaling .25 of a mile.
The next group, third and fourth grade began swimming immediately after the younger kids left the pool area. This group had to swim 100 meters (2 laps) and then biked 2 miles ending up at the football field and running twice around the field for .50 of a mile.
The fifth and sixth-grade group had to swim three laps in the pool (150 meters), bike three miles and then run a mile around the field (4 times around).
All participants received a t-shirt, JMHS water bottle, participation medal with 1st, 2nd & 3rd places receiving medals for both boys and girls from each category. Congratulations to the following winners: PreK-K boys – 1st place Jaxon Oman, 2nd place Caden Brent; girls – 1st place Kylar Hjemland, 2nd place Kate Gruwell; 1st-2nd grade boys – 1st place Jaxon Hastad, 2nd place Landon Kemen; girls – 1st place Alivia Estling, 2nd place Kaylee Brent, 3rd place Jaydn Schmitt; 3rd&4th grade boys – 1st place Drew Hjemland, 2nd place Gunner Olson, 3rd place Brody Bothun; 3rd&4th grade girls – 1st place Allison Estling, 2nd place Madi Ziemer, 3rd Ashton Swendra; 5th & 6th grade girls – 1st place Layne Ziemer; no boys participated in this event.
Kristyn Wicht, Community Relations for JMHS said: “Every year we see a large turnout with the younger kids, so we plan to make some changes to our event for next year. We are looking at incorporating an obstacle course at the end instead of running and switching the length of the swimming portion.”
This year all proceeds from the mini-triathlon went to Steven’s Elementary School to purchase playground equipment (i.e. balls, nets and other items). The event raised $130.00.
A special thank you to the Dawson City Pool for providing lifeguards, the City of Dawson and the City Police for helping to block off traffic, all the volunteers from JMHS and the parents who helped make this event a success.