There was plenty of finish-line pride at the Portland Kids Duathlon on July 28, where kids from ages 5-12 got to run and bike a scenic course along Portland’s Back Cove. There was also a free bike-only race for kids ages 3-5.

This was the second year for the Portland Kids Duathlon, which is presented by Benchmark Real Estate. Race founder Amy Landry, a triathlete herself, wanted to create an event for kids that let them experience the fun of multi-sport – complete with cheering crowds, finish line medals, and swag bags – just like the grownups do.

It was awesome to watch these kids riding their bikes, running their hearts out, and crossing that finish line. And this year’s event raised $10,000 for the Foundation for Portland Public Schools. Very cool.

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