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Olympic Gold Medalist In Orono To Motivate Kids 

More than 150 kids participated in the Cub Tracks Youth Triathlon this afternoon at the University of Maine. The event was open to all kids ages 7-13.The kids took part in three events: walking, biking, and finishing up with a run. The event was intended to promote exercise and healthy living.3-time olympic gold medalist Ian Crocker was on-hand to help out. Crocker posed for pictures with kids and talked to them about the importance of exercise.Bananas, the UMaine mascot, was also there to entertain the kids. The event was sponsored by Eastern Maine Medical Center, University of Maine, and Kohls departmtent stores. Debi Mccann, a representative from EMMC, says these types of activities can help get kids off the couch and outside exercising as well as having a good time. “So if we can get kids energetic and get them active in sports and events like this or anything it’s going to do them the best of good.” she says. ” The CDC says if you make it innovative and you make it fun than they’ll participate and here we are.” Crocker let kids see his Olympic gold medals and hopes it will help motivate them. “It’s a lot of fun. I came out for the first event last year and it was really great to see an event start off and to see how much more fluid it went this year and I’m really just happy to be a part of the event that kids get active,” he says.There was an official time keeper and the kids who finished with the fastest times in the triathalon were recognized. Trophies and medals were awarded to those kids with the best times.