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.
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