IronKids Muskoka fun run promotes active living, raises funds for local youth programs

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For the second year, the Kiwanis Club of Huntsville Muskoka—and by extension, local youth—has benefited from the IronKids Muskoka fun run at the annual Ironman 70.3 Muskoka.

The fun run precedes race day and is a way for both local kids and the children of visiting athletes participating in the triathlon to get in on the festivities. This year, 154 kids took part, running either 500m (for those under seven years) or one kilometre (for seven and up) in a course set up at the triathlon transition area at the Canada Summit Centre. They got to feel the excitement of finishing beneath the same finish line arch that triathletes would pass under on race day.

“It’s just another event to get kids active and outside,” said Kiwanian, Brittany Robbins, adding that the Kiwanis Club appreciated the ability to partner with Ironman organizers and the local TriMuskoka triathlon club for the event. “We are always really passionate about working with other groups.”

Twelve volunteers—seven Kiwanians and five community members—were at the finish line to present the IronKids with finisher medals and freezies donated by Bullock’s Your Independent Grocer.

The event raised approximately $2,000, funds that will be used locally by the Kiwanis Club of Huntsville Muskoka to support various youth programs including YWCA Muskoka’s Girlz Unplugged and Quest, Huntsville Theatre Company’s Theatre is My Passion, local baseball teams and projects at local schools.

The IronKids Muskoka 500m fun run participants, just before they raced around the course (Photo: @im703muskoka / Instagram)

The IronKids Muskoka 500m fun run participants, just before they raced around the course (Photo: @im703muskoka / Instagram)

These young athletes are eager to start the IronKids Muskoka 1km fun run (Photo: @im703muskoka / Instagram)

These young athletes are eager to start the IronKids Muskoka 1km fun run (Photo: @im703muskoka / Instagram)

Participants, like this young IronKid, were all smiles when they crossed the finish line

Participants, like this young IronKid, were all smiles when they crossed the finish line

The volunteer cyclist leading the 1km finishers through the course had to pedal fast to keep ahead of these IronKids

The volunteer cyclist leading the 1km finishers through the course had to pedal fast to keep ahead of these IronKids

The IronKids got high fives...

The IronKids got high fives…

…a finisher medal…

…and a freezie when they crossed the finish line.

Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Huntsville Muskoka and the community greeted finishers at the end of the fun run (from left) Logan McFall, Tracy McFall, Halley Clover, Rick Brooks, Susan Brooks, Brittany Robbins, Janice Larade and Heather Wyatt

Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Huntsville Muskoka and the community greeted finishers at the end of the fun run (from left) Logan McFall, Tracy McFall, Halley Clover, Rick Brooks, Susan Brooks, Brittany Robbins, Janice Larade and Heather Wyatt

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