PHOTO PROVIDED | JEFF HUTSON Edmond fourth-graders Matthew Hutson and Matthew Robertiello competed in the IronKids Triathlon at Lake Hefner Saturday.

IronKids held its fifth event of the national triathlon series in Oklahoma City recently, drawing youth ranging from 6-15 years of age.

The triathlon took place at Lake Hefner. Participants swam in Lake Hefner, biked on closed roads along the lake and ran along a paved trail. All finishers received a commemorative medal and trophies were awarded to the top three finishers in each age group.

Edmond young people turned out in large numbers to compete in the triathlon.

In the Junior division, Dysen Barry placed third and Bryson Roark placed fourth in the boys category. Anna Talley placed second in the girls category.

Other participants in the Junior division included Kate Okeefe, Chloe Case, Georgia Burnstein, Kennedy Roark, Aliuya Fronko, Christopher Chapman, Tate Talley, Kaitlyn Klvac, Cole Mcelmeel, Garrett Wright, Tanner Randall, Shelby Denney, Hayden Boyett, Olivia Welker, Francesca Churchill, Hope Suttles and Elissa Day.

In the Intermediate division, James Helker placed fifth for the boys and Sydney Wright placed third for the girls.

Other participants in the Intermediate division included Isabella Churchill, London Crytzer, Grace Tierney, Shae Grooms, Nicholas Ford, Baye Mayberry, Griffin Amen, Bennett Cook, Bryce Wallace, Madeline Lowe, Mason Case, Maddie Mcelmeel, Julia Draelos, Lydia Due, Joe Short, Matthew Robertiello, Christian Van Curen, Matthew Hutson and Brock Currie.

Kiara Day placed fourth in the Seniors division. Other participants in the Seniors division included Garrett Duncan, Mitchell Ford, Mitchell Draelos, Jake Humphreys, Sawyer Currie, Preston Draelos, Garrett Kilborn.

“I think participating in a triathlon is hard work,” said Jeff Hutson, father of one of the participants, “but it gives a sense of accomplishment knowing that they can do it.”

Hutson said his son Matthew was on a community neighborhood swim team.

“My wife Julie practiced the biking and running with Matthew,” Jeff said.

Running is nothing new for Julie Hutson, who ran track in high school.

“My mom encouraged me to do the triathlon,” Matthew said. “I did a lot of training ahead of time, and I liked that feeling of accomplishment. I like biking the best because it seems like the easiest. I also like training with my best friend, Matthew Robertiello.”

Both boys will be fourth-graders at Russell Dougherty Elementary.

Distances for the IronKids Triathlon vary, depending on the age of participants:

• Junior (ages 6 to 8): 50-yard swim, 2-mile bike and 500-yard run

• Intermediate (ages 9 to 11): 150-yard swim, 4-mile bike and 1-mile run

• Senior (ages 12 to 15): 300-yard swim, 8-mile bike and 2-mile run

“The IronKids mission is to inspire and motivate youth through sport to lead an active, positive and healthy lifestyle,” said the director of IronKids, Michelle Payette. “We are excited that IronKids has a home at Lake Hefner, as it offers the ideal setting for our event and is recognized as the favorite recreational complex within the community.”

To learn more about the 2009 IronKids National Triathlon Series, visit

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