GENEVA – Greta Wimberger knew she wanted to do her best in Sunday's Multisport Madness Triathlon Team Triathlon Festival.
"The support from my team and the people who came out to watch kept me going," said the 8-year-old Sugar Grove resident.
Cadence Fitness and Health Center hosted the event, now in its 14th year.
With a time of 17 minutes, 30 seconds, Wimberg finished first in her age group in the junior division. As part of the triathlon, Greta competed in a 125 meter swim, two mile bicycle ride and 1/2 mile run.
She enjoyed bicycling the best.
"It wasn't too hard and it wasn't too easy," Greta said. "You got to go on a hill rather than being on flat ground."
Her 6-year-old brother, Peter Wimberger, also participated in the triathlon. He also liked the bicycling portion of the triathlon the best.
"It's my favorite," he said.
He was eating a granola bar to get his strength back.
"It was tiring," Peter said.
Their mother, Teri Wimberger, was appreciative of the support that the spectators provided.
"Everybody cheers everybody on," she said.
Sunny skies provided perfect weather conditions for the race.
"We lucked out," said race director John Lorenz, who also seves as the team diector. "We couldn't have asked for a better day."
More than 150 kids participated in this year's youth triathlon, exposing them to what being a triathlon athlete is about.
"For us, it's about getting kids into the sport," Lorenz said.
In addition, the USA Triathlon recently selected this year's event to include a mixed team relay super sprint series race, allowing adults to compete in the race as well.
"Instead of just beng kids, you have parents competing with kids," Lorenz said.
With a time of 30 minutes and 58 seconds, Cooper Langanis, 16, of Cary, took second place in the elite division, which included a 375 meter swim, a 6.2 mile bicycle ride and a 1.55 mile run.
"They're all hard in different ways," he said. "The run is the hardest because it's the last event."