Date

September 03, 2016 • 8 AM

Location

Grey's Lake • Des Moines, Iowa

ABOUT IRONKIDS / inspiration and motivation

The mission of IronKids is to inspire and motivate youth through sport to lead active, positive and healthy lifestyles. The 2016 IronKids National Series, targeting youth ages 6 to 15, provides an interactive weekend experience for the entire family showcasing the nation’s top youth athletes as well as serving as a fun introduction to first-time runners.

The 2016 IronKids schedule features over two dozen events, allowing young athletes the opportunity to compete in multiple races across the country from April to September. Since its inception, IronKids has seen 50,000 plus participants, including seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and Olympians Hunter Kemper and Laura Bennett.

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, Ironman Timing, local triathlon clubs and many local volunteers.

IronKids events in the United States are sanctioned by USA Triathlon and follow USAT rules. For additional information, please visit http://www.IronKids.com.

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Register / Don't wait ... sign up today!

  • $50 per athlete prior to the race
  • $65 for on-site registration on Friday.

Course / Swim • Bike • Run

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Schedule / All times subject to change

All athletes must have a parent or legal guardian with ID accompany them to pick-up their packet and sign appropriate waiver.

Friday at Expo location: YMCA of Greater Des Moines, 501 Grand Ave.

1:00pm Race Director Course Talk/Athlete Briefing
12:30-7:00 p.m. Packet Pick-Up/Registration/Expo
5:00pm Race Director Course Talk/Athlete Briefing

Saturday (at Race Site)

6:00 am.-7:45 a.m. Packet-Pick Up (There is no race-day registration permitted whatsoever)
6:30 a.m.-7:45 a.m. Transition area is available for all athletes
8:00 a.m. * Senior Start
9:00 a.m. * Intermediate Start
9:45 a.m. * Junior Start
11:30 a.m. Awards Ceremony
* We will start races as soon as the previous race concludes so please arrive early as these times are tentative. and subject to change.

Event FAQS / find your answers

$50 per athlete prior to the race; $65 for on-site registration on Friday. Race morning registration is not available. We encourage all athletes to register online in advance, as well as purchase a one-year USAT membership online if you are entering multiple events. The cost to purchase a USAT one-year membership is $15, and can be done at http://www.usatriathlon.org. It is mandatory that all athletes either have a one-year membership to USAT, or purchase a one-day membership on-site for $10.
No refunds or transfers are permitted.
USA Triathlon (USAT) is the sanctioning authority for more than 3,500 diverse events, ranging from grassroots to high-profile races nationwide. The organization works to create interest and participation in a variety of programs, including camps, clinics, races and educational opportunities. USA Triathlon’s 140,000-strong membership is comprised of athletes of all ages, coaches, officials, parents and fans striving to strengthen multisport. To learn more about USAT, please visit http://www.usatriathlon.org . For a comprehensive list of USA Triathlon (USAT) Competitive Rules & Regulations, please visit http://www.usatriathlon.org/resources/about-events/rules. We ask that you please take the time to read through the rules carefully prior to event participation. If you have any specific questions about USAT rules and regulations and/or need clarification, please direct all inquiries to charlie@usatriathlon.org.
  • No disc wheels
  • No aero bars
  • No aero helmets
In accordance with USAT rules, an athletes official race age is his/her age on December 31, 2016. Athletes will be classified by their race age into the following divisions:
  • Junior: 50 yards, 2 mi bike, 500 yard run
  • Intermediate: 150 yards, 4 mi bike, 1 mile run
  • Senior: 300 yard swim, 8 mile bike, 2 mile run
All athletes will be required to compete in the corresponding division based on their age. They will not be allowed to age up or age down to another division.
Please read the following rules thoroughly. It is imperative for all participants to be aware of the following policies and precautions prior to participation in any Hy-Vee Kids Triathlon for the safety of all of our athletes.
  • Designated swim-caps must be worn throughout the swim portion of the race. If you have a latex allergy, we request that you provide your own swim cap that is similar in color to your wave (Yellow: Juniors, Red: Intermediates, Blue: Seniors).
  • There is no nudity allowed in transition.
  • Each athlete must be body marked prior to checking-in for the swim start.
  • Bike helmets must be put on-and strapped- before an athlete is allowed out of transition and onto the bike course.
  • Athletes are not allowed to mount or ride their bikes within the transition area. Athletes must mount and dismount their bikes at the respective mount/dismount lines located outside of transition.
  • Race numbers (Bibs) must be worn at all times during the bike and run portion of the race. These may be attached either with a race belt, or fastened with safety pins to the athletes apparel top.
  • Cyclists must stay two bike lengths behind the participant in the front, except when passing.
  • Cyclists must make passes on the left, with slower cyclists remaining to the right.
  • Parents are not allowed in transition during the race. Parents are only allowed in transition during designated set-up times, and upon completion of the race to retrieve belongings. No one will be allowed to remove equipment out of transition during the active race.
  • Timing chips must be worn throughout the duration of the race. If your timing chip comes unfastened, damaged, and/or lost, please notify the on-site timing company as quickly as possible.
All athletes will be required to sign two waivers for each athlete at packet pick-up. It is mandatory to show proof of an updated USAT membership by providing a printed confirmation from USAT or a physical membership card. If you purchased a one-day membership online alongside registration, you do not need to bring confirmation with you. It is helpful to print your registration confirmation to bring to packet pick-up, but it is not mandatory to do so. Packet Pick-Up will take place both the day prior to the race, as well as on race morning. All athletes must check-in at packet pick-up in order to receive their race materials. Race staff as well as volunteers will be present to assist you throughout the process.
A team is defined as a group of five or more youth triathletes representative of a sports club, sports team, school, or vendor. All athletes within the Teams Division compete as individuals, contributing to an overall team point total based on his or her finishing place. Team points are awarded as follows:
  • First place: 10 points
  • Second place: 8 points
  • Third place: 6 points
  • Fourth place: 4 points
  • Fifth place: 2 points
Each participating team member earns one point regardless of placement. Therefore, your athlete can be assured that he or she will be rewarded as contributing to team point totals for completing the race. Coaches: You may set up your team on the Active.com registration page for each event by selecting the Create a Team box on the homepage. Please provide your complete list of athletes to registration (regardless if you have completed the Team registration process online), including each athletes full name, date of birth, and emergency contact information by the Friday prior to the race. This information can also be e-mailed to Laura Smidt: laura@pem-la.com prior to each race. We would prefer to have a full roster both e-mailed as well as printed out to provide to timing. Athletes: You may register as a member of your team on the Active.com registration page by selecting the Teams category and selecting your team from the drop-down box.
A course talk will be held by the Race Director the day before the event during packet-pick/registration. Although attendance at the course talk is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. During the course talk, the Race Director will go over the various aspects of the course in full detail. This is also a wonderful opportunity to ask specific questions or address any concerns about the course in order to make your athlete feel more at ease, especially if this is your first race. Check the schedule for the course talk time and location.
We are more than happy to make personal accommodations for your athlete based on his/her abilities that are tailored to the particular event. Please contact laura@pem-la.com for further discussion on how we can create a successful race experience for your child.
Our first and foremost concern at any race is athlete safety and well-being. Please detail any medical concerns during the registration process, as well as provide a list of medications that the athlete is currently taking. Additionally, please provide an *on-site cell phone number* for an emergency contact to registration if you have not already done so. The race site is staffed with a team of highly-trained and highly-qualified medical personnel to meet the needs of any athlete who may require assistance. An ambulance will also be present on site to respond to emergency transport needs. A medical tent will be located at the finish line. If your athlete requires medical attention, please check-in at the medical tent or notify a race official.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Note: This list is a general guideline for equipment. Your athlete may not require or utilize some of the items listed below: [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width="" section_id="" container="1" parallax_bg="0" stellar_background_ratio="0.6"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Swim:
  • Swim Cap
  • Goggles (2 pairs)
  • Swim suit, Tri-Suit (One piece or two piece)
  • Noseplugs, Earplugs
Bike:
  • Bicycle (Tri-bikes or bicycles with aero bars are not allowed)
  • Helmet
  • Cycling Shoes
  • Socks
  • Race number belt with attached Bib number
  • Bike & helmet stickers
  • Water bottle
  • Floor pump
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Run:
  • Running Shoes
  • Running Shirt
  • Socks
  • Hat/Visor
Other:
  • Registration packet and/or materials
  • USAT Card
  • Towel for transition area
  • Safety pins
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Eyeglasses
  • Water bottles
  • Change of clothes
  • Watch
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Each Ironkids athlete will receive a timing chip (with an included ankle strap) at swim start that corresponds with his or her registration information. Timing chips not only allow each athlete to receive a finishing time and course splits, but also are incredibly vital for athlete safety in order for all athletes to be accounted for at the conclusion of the race. All timing chips must be worn around the athletes ankle (does not matter which one). *Each participant must wear a timing chip at all times during the race. Failure to wear a timing chip throughout the duration of the race will lead to disqualification. ** Once the participant has crossed the finish line, volunteers will remove the athletes timing chip from the ankle. All timing chips must be returned, or a fee will be assessed. Please direct any questions or concerns about timing within 30 minutes of the complete of the race.
Results will be printed and posted on-site at a designated area close to the timing tent, as well as will be available on this site. Please pay *very* careful attention to the results board, as there will be unofficial, as well as official results. Unofficial results are not set-in-stone, and are subject to change based on forthcoming data (for example, if an athlete is found to have missed one loop on the bike course). Unofficial results tend to posted and updated periodically as the race progresses. Official results will be provided at the conclusion of the race, and are considered the final results. Awards are based on the official, final results.
The top three athletes within each age category (for example, 6 year-old females, 6 year-old males, etc.) will receive a placement trophy. We encourage all athletes, families, and spectators to remain on site to view and participate in the awards ceremony, which will take place approximately a half-hour upon the conclusion of the entire race. Athletes must be present at the awards ceremony to receive their trophy and we will not mail medals to athletes that are not present. All athletes that cross the finish line will receive a commemorative medal.
The Ironkids environment is a safe and fun place for kids to participate in the great sport of triathlon. In order to ensure that all athletes walk away with the best experience, we need to uphold a positive and supportive atmosphere at all times. Parents are asked to be supportive of all the children that are out there trying their best to achieve their goals. Bad conduct from a parent can not only result in a disqualification of their own child, but also a ban from all Ironkids events. Bad conduct constitutes the following (but is not limited to):
  • Negative comments to your own child or another child
  • Yelling at volunteers, race officials, other parents or participants
  • Interference with participants or race officials, etc.
If you have a dispute, it is mandatory that you notify a race official within 30 minutes of the completion of the race. Your dispute will then be addressed by the Race Director. We will not address any disputes after this time. Please do not discuss issues with volunteers or anyone other than event staff. The staff is committed to resolve your issue swiftly, and to discuss your concern in a calm and constructive manner. Please also keep in mind your audience as you are addressing your dispute. We will not tolerate foul language, extreme outbursts, or aggressive attitudes in front of our young athletes.
For questions about Ironkids Des Moines Registration, Expo, Sponsorship Opportunities, or anything else, please contact Laura Smidt by completing the form below: [gravityform id="1" title="false" description="false"]  
Ironkids Des Moines Distances

Category

Age

Swim

Bike

Run

Junior

6-8

50 yards

2 miles

500 yards

Intermediate

9-11

150 yards

4 miles

1 mile

Senior

12-15

300 yards

8 miles

2 miles

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Location

Grey’s Lake Park
Des Moines, IA 50315
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info@pem-la.com
504.454.6561
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Harahan LA 70123