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Young athletes take on "Iron Kids"

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --You have to be a certain type of person to compete in any kind of Ironman event.

"She loves to run, she loves to swim," Courtney Tharpe said about her daughter, Brenna.

Physical excellence and performing in front of a crowd are musts, but Tharpe isn't talking about her daughter taking part in the Ironman. She's talking about Brenna competing in "Iron Kids" at EP Tom Sawyer Park today.

The 4th grader is among the 300 to 400 getting an early look at what being a serious athlete is all about.

"I just think it's so fun," she said.

Brenna has been pounding the pavement and swimming laps in the pool as part of her training for weeks. She says she's not tired though. Maybe that's because she's not up against the 140.6 mile race that will have athletes swimming, biking and running all over the metro next weekend in the Ironman. Iron Kids is watered down just a bit.

"Anywhere from a 50 meter swim to a 300 meter swim, and a mile to 2 mile run," Norton Healthcare Sport Events Coordinator, Dan Delph explained.

Still there are a lot of adults who wouldn't lace or suit up for it. Making it a challenge that sends a message to each and every kid when they cross the finish line.

"It's important that this is something we do to keep our bodies healthy."

And, who knows maybe they'll be inspired to become an Ironman or woman down the road.

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