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Children compete in Kids' Triathlon

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By Cheryl Lasseter - bio | email

FLOWOOD, MS (WLBT) - A swarm of moms, dads, and children converged near the Courthouse Gym in Flowood Saturday morning for an awards ceremony. Kids ages 7 to 14 just completed a triathlon.

"We had to swim, bike and run," says Corinna Nicole Yates of Richland. She and her older sister, Malerie, competed in two different age groups, and both claimed first place prizes.

"I swam 200 yards, biked 6.2 miles, then ran 1.2 miles," Malerie says. "If you practice and practice it can be easy, but it's pretty challenging."

"We had to run almost two miles. It was a challenge for me, I usually run 1 1/2 so I had to take my time," says Graham Poag of Clinton.

The course was cut in half for children ages 7 to 10.

Swimming buff Hannah Bedford clinched the overall prize for females, finishing in just over 37 minutes. "I didn't train," she says, adding that the running was the toughest part.

Athlete Luke Kelly won grand prize for males, finishing in about 34 minutes.

"I've already trained for cycling, running, stuff like that. Decided to do this last week," he says.  We asked him if he will consider more triathlons.  "I don't know. This was too hard," he said with a laugh.

The participants had a chance to compete individually or as part of a relay team.

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