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      Western U.P. Health Department holds children's triathlon

      Over 200 elementary school kids from the Copper Country ISD Great Explorations Program competed in a fun triathlon in Houghton Friday morning.

      It was organized by the Western U.P. Health Department as a way to keep kids active over the summer. The kids swam a tenth of a mile at the Kestner Park Beach, then biked one mile to the Lift Bridge, and ran a quarter mile back to the park.

      Each participant received a t-shirt upon finishing the race, and it was all free for the students.

      "We thought the triathlon was a great opportunity to get kids to try three different disciplines of sport rather than kind of funnel them into one sport," says WUPHD health educator Bridget Durocher. "Kids tend to have a short attention span, so the three different sports with training helps out. We can switch from one to the other."

      This is something the children have been training for all summer since school let out. Organizers say the triathlon was the perfect way to end the summer before school begins again.