There were a lot of proud parents and happy - but exhausted - kids on Aug. 8 during the Sylvania Super Kids Triathlon at Olander Park.
The event was hosted by Team Toledo Triathlon Club.
"They did a great job and it was well organized," said Andrea Rigg of Oregon. "They got the kids pumped up. I was very impressed with the organization of it."
Rigg's daughter, Payton, 7, competed in the triathlon along with Andrea's niece, Carly Rigg, 12, and Andrea's neighbor, Jayla Mussleman, 8.
All three young girls live in Oregon.
"This was the first triathlon for all three girls," Andrea Rigg said. "Jayla decided to train about two weeks before it. We signed Payton up for it on July 12; they all signed up in mid-July. The bike was probably what they did best at. That's all they do anyway, ride their bikes around."
Payton Rigg and Mussleman competed in the 7-10 age group, which competed in a 100-yard swim. 3.1-mile bike and 0.6-mile run. Carly Rigg was in the 11-14 age group, which competed in a 200-yard swim. 6.2-mile bike and 1.2-mile run.
"It was impressive to be out there and watch these kids," Andrea Rigg said. "It was great to see all the kids. Seven years old is pretty impressive. They did an awesome job. Carly had a smile on her face the entire time. She was riding her bike with a smile and running with a smile. They were good to go afterwards."
Payton Rigg said she thought the triathlon was fun "because there were a lot of kids and a lot of people were cheering me on." She said the easiest part for her was the biking portion of the event, and the hardest part was the run.
"I would do it again," she said.
Carly Rigg said the best thing about competing in the triathlon was the feeling she got from finishing the event. The easiest part for her was the run and the hardest part was the swim."
"It was hard, but it was worth it," she said.
Mussleman said she enjoyed running the best and the swimming, she said, was the most difficult.
"It was fun because I like to run and bike a lot," Mussleman said.
Carly's mother, Laurie Rigg, said she was "proud to see my daughter finish something that she worked hard at and do it with a smile."