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run USA Triathlon hosted a Kids Fun Run Friday as part of the 2012 Duathlon National Championship weekend in Tucson/Oro Valley, Ariz., as a way to give back to the community. The race was free with the help of local and national sponsors, and 84 children ages 7-15 came to participate and run through the Duathlon Nationals finish chute.

"My kids have always enjoyed coming out to my races," said Pete Kogler (Redlands, Calif.), who will be racing on Saturday and had two children participate in the fun run. "We're trying to promote a healthy lifestyle for our kids, so they enjoy being active and racing, and they want to be a part of it. The kids run is great because it makes them feel like they are part of it and not just a spectator."

Many of the youth in attendance had never done a running race before, like Tucson local Rene Sanchez, an eight-year-old who said the best part of the race would be finishing. The race was not timed as a way to encourage the youth participants to have fun and stay active, and each participant received a t-shirt and a medal. 

A number of youth in attendance will return to Ventana Medical Systems to cheer for a parent in the standard-distance or sprint-distance races, which will begin at 8 a.m.