* These distances represent the official Ironkids distances, selected by Ironman who is the largest triathlon organization in the world.
When the athletes finished the swim, it was on to the bike section of the race. Half of the athletes cycled indoors using our ‘spin bikes’ in our mini studio with the other half cycling outdoors. The course was a 1.1km loop of our campus, a fitting backdrop of such an event. As students finished their cycle, they transitioned to the run. The athletes showed incredible resilience under the ever-warming Xi’an sun but despite the heat, everyone successfully completed their race.
Two days later, it was the XLIS staff’s turn. Distances ranged from sprint distances to half Ironman distances and we even had 3 relay teams.
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Kevin McGarry (MYP Physical and Health Education Teacher, CAS Coordinator, High School Lead Teacher)