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7/1/2013 2:40:00 PM
Triathlons no problem for three Byron youth
Hannah Higgins spends her summers training. Photo submitted
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Hannah Higgins spends her summers training. Photo submitted

By David Richards

Hannah Higgins, in many ways, could be described as your typical 12 year old.

She keeps her iPod stocked with the sounds of Britney Spears, and Katy Perry and enjoys playing games like Uno.

Other than that, though, her interests are fairly unique.

The incoming Byron seventh grader has competed in 10 triathlons in the past four years and spends her weeks training constantly, whether it be running, swimming or biking.

She most recently placed fifth in her senior division at the Rochester IronKids Triathlon June 22.

With no swimming because of an issue with the pool, Hannah ran one mile, biked eight miles and then ran another two miles in a time of 54 minutes and 20 seconds.

Her sister Isabel Higgins, 8, and neighbor Isabelle Erickson, 9, all competed in the same race but in the 9-year-old intermediate division. They each ran one-half mile, biked four miles and then finished with a mile run. Isabel took fourth in a time of 31 minutes and 57 seconds, while Isabelle took sixth in a time of 33 minutes and 57 seconds.

"It's exciting to go watch them, and that they've accomplished something that a lot of kids won't even attempt," said Jennifer Higgins, the mother of Hannah and Isabel.

"They just love being outside and exercising."

That they do.

Hannah is currently visiting her grandparents in Glenwood, with Pelican Lake and the high school pool nearby.

On June 26 alone, Hannah swam 300 meters.

"What I like best is reaching the finish and knowing that I completed another race," said Hannah, whose favorite food is tacos.

Hannah has competed in two triathlons already this summer, placing fourth in her age division at a Sioux Falls, S.D. event June 15.

Her time was 52 minutes and 14 seconds, a personal triathlon best, for swimming 300 yards, biking eight miles and running another two.

"They're pretty challenging," Jennifer Higgins said of triathlons.

For their efforts at the Rochester race, Hannah and the two "IzzeBelles," as they like to be called, all of Byron, qualified for the U.S. Championship InronKids Race in Des Moines, Iowa Aug. 31.

And when the time comes to compete, they feel they'll be ready.

"I try to do at least one thing, swim bike or run, every day," Hannah said.

But she also likes games, too, like Uno, which she can also be competitive at.

"Do you like to give someone a 'Draw 4? " she was asked.

"Yeah," she said.

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